Shrimp Fest 2010 was a big success. All of the guests at the Addison enjoyed themselves watching the parade and cruising the artist’s booths. Judging by all the bags and packages being brought back to the inn the guests did a pretty good job of stimulating the local artistic economy. The food downtown was plentiful and, from a small dog’s point of view, there was enough food dropped on the ground to keep everyone happy.
The next big food event in Fernandina Beach is the first annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook Off being held August 27th and 28th. There is $20,000 in prize money up for grabs with separate categories for pros and “backyard” cooks. There are categories for chicken, brisket, pork and, my favorite, ribs.
So, do you think you are Master of The Grill in your neighborhood? Maybe you should come to Fernandina Beach in August and see how you stack up against the big dogs and your peers. If you do enter the contest and cook up some nice ribs please keep an eye out for a small black dog pulling a big guy around the cook off. I do love ribs and as Blanche Dubois said in A Streetcar Named Desire, “Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”.