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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Local Food Event - Chicken BBQ Dinner

Quite often when making the choice to eat out it is either at a sit down restaurant, a fast food restaurant or take-out. What many overlook is the wide variety of local food events throughout the year. These range from competition food events like cook-off and ribfests to fish fries to charity food events to socials to street vendors and everything in between. Local food events tend to serve good, old fashioned home cooking at well under the going rate for a comparable meal in a restaurant but they offer so much more. There is the social aspect of these events that make them even more special.

Chicken BBQ Dinner

As you know our kitchen is not quite functional right now so when my husband suggested eating at a local food event on Friday I sure wasn't going to decline. Two local charities were running barbeques, one a steak dinner and the other a chicken dinner. Well we have gone to this particular chicken dinner for years so we chose it again. We support them because the proceeds go back into helping the community. They put on a lovely meal consisting of a barbequed half of chicken, cob of corn, coleslaw, potato, roll and local grown tomatoes (not shown) all for $11.

What is even more impressive is watch how this group of volunteers barbeque the chicken! Sorry the picture I took didn't come out well so I will have to describe it. Each barbeque is about a 8 ft long half barrel on a metal stand with a diameter of about 4 feet. They are prepped early in the day for the event
that serves upwards of 750 hungry folk for the event. Corn is prepared onsite as are the potatoes. Both are wrapped in foil then put into foil lined containers to keep warm. It really is a lovely meal for the price plus you get to visit will all those community members you don't always get a chance to see :)

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