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Pork in the Park BBQ and Food Festival Piggifies the New Mill River Park in Stamford

17 Jun

Bob LeRose can’t seem to sit still or remain inactive.  He first brought Bobby Q’s to Westport and quickly stacked up awards, smoking out the competition at contest after contest.  From there, he organized and built up one of the best events in the state:  Blues, Views & BBQ.  Then, Bobby took BBQ in Fairfield County in a whole new direction with the creation of Bar Q, tapas style BBQ in Downtown Stamford.  And, just recently, he opened up Bobby Q’s Pit Stop in Old Greenwich with his cousin Joey Boucher, serving up BBQ, burgers, chili, and dogs.

For the average, ordinary person that might be too much to handle in just a few years, but we’re not talking about anyone average.  We’re talking about Bob LeRose, whose veins run rampant with BBQ sauce.  He’s taken it to an all new level now with the creation of the first ever Pork in the Park, happening July 13 (11-8 pm) + 14 (11-6 pm) in the brand new Mill River Park in Stamford.  You can think of Pork in the Park as a similar kind of experience to Blues, Views & BBQ, but Bob shared with us that this festival will have a stronger focus on food.  And, a portion of money made from the event is going directly to help the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and the Mill River Collaborative.  Here are the details that Bob shared with us:

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Blues, Views, BBQ and Hardcore BBQ Judging.

16 Oct

This was our first year checking out the 4th Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival in Westport, but it won’t be our last.  So much fun, so much food, so much music.  A BBQ fungasm, if you will. Um, yeah.

Judges Kristien and Danny

If you’ve been following along at home, you remember that we were judges for the BBQ cooking competition portion of this awesome event, so now we’re here to share all the juicy (and sometimes dry) details.  We met early Saturday to go over rules and were totally intimidated by a tent full of KCBS official judges in their official KCBS shirts. No kidding, the Kansas City Barbeque Society people don’t mess around. We had to sit through 20 minutes of instructions and rules, then take a oath. Yep, an oath. Hardcore, yo!  So we were let loose to enjoy the festival for a few hours then we meet up for business at our judging tables.  Oh, and both of us had to be separated according to the KCBS rules so that we wouldn’t influence each other’s votes. Can’t make this stuff up!

Dis is how we judge and stuff

We got to try four delicious courses:  chicken, ribs, chef’s choice, and dessert.  First we had to vote based solely on appearance.  There was some beautiful looking food and some that didn’t look too good.  We then placed our food on paper placemats.  When we all had our food (3-4 depending on the luck of the draw), we tried the food and rated it.  Only until we were all done could we talk.  Yeah, serious stuff, but you can understand why…BBQ is serious business!

Poor Kristien seemed to get most of the bad food (raw chicken and two overcooked salmon dishes), while I feasted on mostly good food, especially the desserts like the delicious apple crisp grilled in a tiny pan, picture above.  But good and bad BBQ aside, we definitely plan on heading to Norwalk during spring to become official KCBS judges so that we can judge a greater amount of competitions and look all hardcore too. Why not?

CTbites Cooking Demos

Judy Roll, of the awesome Tabouli Grill, prepares her lamb dish

As I mentioned, we had plenty of time before we judged to check out the festival and, of course, CTbites stand.  We met Matt Storch from Match in Norwalk who cook up a killer Bánh mì and, as we found out, happens to enjoy OmNomCT! (Cool!) We told him we’d check out Match soon and we’re stickin’ to that.  We also saw the awesome Judy Roll from Tabouli Grill cook up a killer lamb burger slider.  Seriously, killer stuff.  The last chef we got to check out was Helton DaSilva from Barcelona in Fairfield.  He cooked up a thinly cut steak with a salty and herby sauce, similar to a chimmichuri.  Divine, baby.

Pig Races

With names such as Jerry Swinefeld, Snoop Hoggy Hog, and Sarah Jessice Porker, who could keep their eyes away from the racing pigs?  Our team won, of course! We were so proud of the little porkers.  In fact, they were so cute that we felt super guilty eating pork when we had to head back to the judge’s tent.  Aww. :(

Beer and Music

There was a little tent sent up where you could purchase beer from Magic Hat or Sierra Nevada.  We got some brews, listened to some blues coming from the Levitt Pavillion and just chilled.  Right nearby were some fun little vendors, so we looked around and of course Kristien bought a little sunttin sunttin.

Soda

One of the coolest things was a little soda cart called Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.  If you bought one of their metal mugs, you could fill it up over and over for the entire time you were at the festival.  Sweet deal.  They had lots of fun flavors, too, like Rocky Mountain Root Beer (in diet too), Buck’n Birch Beer, Sarsaparilla Six Shooter, Vintage Vanilla Cream, Gatling GunGrape, and Outlaw Orange.  We didn’t get to try drink because we were worried about not having any room for the judging.  You can buy their suds online as well as catch them at countless festivals.

We felt like major hogs by the end of the day, but that’s okay.  It’s just part of being professionally-amateur food bloggers.  Yup, it’s a hard life.  Special thanks to Bob Le Rose for allowing us to be judges and for putting Blues, Views & BBQ together.  Long live Bobby Q’s!

The 2011 Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival in Westport, CT: 10 reasons to go

12 Sep


When we found out about the 4th Annual Blues, Views, & BBQ festival going on September 23-25, we squealed with delight.  Pig joke #1, check.  This awesome festival will be taking place on the grounds of The Levitt Pavilion and the Westport Public Library.  Add it to your calendar by clicking on our Events section up above and finding the festival or just bookmark this because there’s so much to explore, see, drink, and eat over the three days of this fest.  Let’s pig out (joke two):

Kansas City Barbecue Society “Competitor Series” cooking contest on 9/24 to benefit the Westport Food Closet.  Contestants arrive from 6-10 am to set up and the chefs start bringing in chicken, pork rib, chef’s choice dish, and dessert to the judges at 2 pm.  You know two of the judges this year…that’s right.  OmNomCT, Kristien and Danny, are judges.  Oooh yeah, say hi!  ;)

Kids Q contest with burgers, dogs, and chef’s choice.

• Pig races.  Do we really need to pimp this?  Awwwwww.

12 different bands, with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes kicking things off on Friday, 9/23.

Pie and rib eating contest (be sure to register)

• Food!  Look at all these options:

Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ

Winnie’s Jerk Chicken & Fish

Blue Lemon Restaurant – Burgers, Roasted Sweet Corn, and  Sausage Sandwiches • Dave & Jerry’s Hot Dog Trolley

• The Smilin’ Chef- Gyros and Baja Tacos

Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda  •  Michele’s Pies

Rolling Cones Ice Cream  • Boy Scouts of America Popcorn

• Drinks–hand-crafted beer, premium liquor, wine and refreshments for sale featuring:
          • Tito’s Vodka • Jim Beam Global Products
          • Newman’s Own Wines • Poland Spring Water
          • Steaz Organic Tea  •  Newman’s Own Limeade and Lemonade
• Stuff to buy like spices, rubs, grills jewelry, artwork, and other awesome stuff!

Schedule of all events

Ticket prices

Buy tickets here

• Leave as many pig-related comments as you can.  Let’s bust this post up to

   at least 100 pig jokes.

Blues, Views, and BBQ

40 Jesup Road (behind the public library)

Westport, CT 06880

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