Monday, March 27, 2017

Texarkana Eggfest 2017

Judy and I drove up to Texarkana to cook at the Texarkana Eggfest on March 25th and had a good time.

But before the Eggfest, we drove to Lewisville, Arkansas, about 35 miles east of Texarkana, and stayed the weekend with our Egghead friends, Charlotte and Richard Harris.  Their home overlooks a private lake that only a select few even know about.  It is full of fish year round, ducks in season, and alligators pretty much anytime they want.  It is also home to some wood ducks and other rare feathered critters.  Very private...

Before we even left to drive up there, numerous weather reports ranged from heavy rain, high winds, possible large hail and tornado's were expected with the arrival of the front on Friday night.  And it was expected to arrive right while the pre-eggfest Meet & Greet was going on.  And it did....  But, only with rain and wind, no hail or tornado's.

The storm proceeded eastward and knocked the power out sometime during the night at the house, but was back on within four hours.  (I really don't know how those power guys can get the power back on so quickly while a storm is still in progress.  But I sure appreciate it.)

Saturday turned out beautiful, and the Eggfest went on as scheduled.  People started showing up hungry and looking for something to eat about 9:00 am, so us Cooks had to be cooking by 8:00 am.

Actually, in spite of the weather the night before, everything turned out really nice.

Although by Eggfest standards these days, it was kinda small with only about 15 Cook Teams cooking and serving an estimated 200 Tasters (my estimate) that drifted in and out throughout the day.

As usual, many came to 'just sample' the food and stayed all day.  Some returning three and four times to 'taste' the latest food off the different Cook's Eggs.  And there was a wide range of treats to select from, all of it good and most of it absolutely delicious.

We cooked our famous Magnum Loads and received a lot of comments about them being the best treat there.  The reason is probably due to there being 3 layers of sausage wrapped in bacon.

Yes, it's good...

Of course, we Cooks stayed busy until we ran out of food to serve.  I'm pretty sure no one went away hungry.  And I know for a fact that many went away amazed at what can be cooked on a Big Green Egg, and how it makes food taste so delicious.  I know because the last I heard, 30 Big Green Eggs were purchased, and others returned later to buy one.  And even more asked questions about recipes and just general information about the Egg.

I suspect many will add a Big Green Egg to their wish list.

Thanks to Charlotte and Richard for putting us up for the weekend, and feeding us breakfast.  It was fun.

Thanks also to the management and staff at Dot's Ace Hardware for really going all out to make it an enjoyable Eggfest for everyone.  The Cook's Gift Bags were very nice and much appreciated.

Finally, there was a photography/video crew taking lots of photos and videos, and conducting interviews with Cooks and Tasters alike.  I think they plan to make a video that can be shared with those who could not be there, or just to play in the store for customers who wonder what Eggheads do for fun.

With those guys doing all the camera work, I didn't even break out my camera, allowing me to have fun just cooking and tasting other Cook's treats.

Here's what their version turned out:  Texarkana Eggfest Video

It was a good weekend.  Now we prepare for the Athens Eggfest in two weeks.

I love being an Egghead.....

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