Vegetarians need not apply.
This weekend – 6/11 & 6/12 – is the highly-anticipated, 9th annual Big Apple Barbeque Block Party.
Their website says:
“The 9th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in Madison Square Park June 11-12, 2011, from
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions.
Admission to the event is free. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from great live music to engaging seminars and cooking demonstrations – without ever dropping a dollar. The country’s best barbecue is available from top pitmasters for only $8 per plate.
Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservatory, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.”
I’ll be going without Hubby (who doesn’t eat meat) like I did last year.
This was the first thing I saw last year. As much as I love little live piggies, I liked this sign:
It set the tone for this:
This event draws a giant crowd – New Yorkers love their BBQ!
The lines can be long, but the Q is oh so worth the wait.
The aroma wafting throughout the park is mouth-watering, and every which way you turn there is another grill with meat piled high.
I’m salivating on my keyboard just thinking about it!
And, while it may not always be a pretty sight at the grill station,
it’s a thing of total beauty on your plate!
And, look Hubby! I even ate some vegetables!
So, this weekend in the Big Apple, it should be cooling down a bit. We may see a few showers, but as far as I know, this BBQ festival takes place rain or shine. Check out their website and come on down to Madison Square Park (between 23rd and 26th Streets, and 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.) – it’s FREE to attend (naturally, if you get food they expect greenbacks to exchange hands – but the plates are not expensive) and there are other FREE events as well, like live music, seminars, cooking demos and book signings.
I’ll see you there! I’ll be the one in the hat.