Wondering what some of your fellow Foodies will be doing this holiday weekend? It's a safe bet they'll be eating something interesting!
I'm sure a huge number of Foodies will be checking out the 28th Annual World's Largest Brat Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year, they sold 208,765 brats and want to break that record this year. This event starts today (5/28) and runs through Monday (5/31), so stop by and try a brat if you can. While you're there, be sure to check out the Mustard Museum, the world's largest collection of prepared mustards. Featuring more than 4300 bottles, jars and tubes of mustard from all 50 states and over 60 countries, their display will also offer samples of various mustards and sauces. See, you can make this an educational expedition!!
Of course, if you find yourself way up in the Northwest, there's the Kodiak Crab Fest in, where else, Kodiak, Alaska. That started yesterday. This five-day event (through 5/31) features a variety of activities throughout the area with a Wild About Kodiak Seafood Cook-Off happening on Sunday. A few of the other interesting events include the Kodiak Inn Festival of Bed Races with prizes for the Fastest Bed, Best Bed and Best Team Costumes. For something really unique (I've never come across this one before.) check out the Kids' Sawdust Pile. They bury $1,000 in loose change in a huge pile of sawdust and the kids get to dig through in search of the treasure!
Okay, so maybe you're in the Northeast instead. For you, we have the 20th Annual Chowderfest and the 1st Annual Microbrewfest in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, on Sunday, 5/30. Starting at "around noon" until the chowder runs out, you can taste chowders from at least 10 of the area's restaurants and vote for your favorite. The winner gets the coveted "Golden Clam Award". You'll get to sample a variety of summer ales for a $7 admission to the Microbrewfest.
There are literally dozens of wine and food fests throughout the country this weekend. (We'll be attending one in Hydes, Maryland at Boordy Vineyards.) There are a number of BBQ contests and ribfests throughout the land (just Google "bbq events") and a whole list of jambalaya, crawfish and Cajun festivals throughout the Gulf Coast region.
Whatever you do, enjoy the long weekend, eat well and remember to take a moment to honor those who have given of themselves in the service of our country throughout its history as well as those who are currently protecting our freedoms.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
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