Oakland Pride has several meanings for many different people. This weekend the 2nd Annual ‘Art & Soul Festival’ was held in beautiful downtown Oakland. This event was a reason for the city of Oakland to be proud of its revitalized downtown urban center. This event also hosted the “Oaktown Throwdown’ which was a KCBS sanctioned bbq contest. A professional and backyard division would do battle and Ms. Goofy and yours truly donned our shiny judges badges for this contest.
Our judge’s badges included a new credential pictured above. This very official document had a very high tech security hologram. Now, we do not know the actual reason for this addition but we can speculate. There may be a GPS tracking device to monitor all judges every movement. Is it possible a listening device was part of this new security tool? Some judges even suggested it was a way to thwart counterfeit judge’s credentials, because you know that is a problem. This new badge was impressive.
The festival is so much more than bbq. Local artists displayed and sold the toils of their craft. Walking through the grounds was like being in a massive outdoor art studio. A community mural was being painted by anybody that wanted to participate. My favorite form of art was in the culinary booths. Nobody can deny the artistic value of bacon covered cupcakes. A few local bakeries sold some tasty sweet treats. The lines were very long for the bbq booths. There was something to see, do and eat for everyone.
I saw that Son of Smoke won yesterday. Tuffy and Myron have their hands full. Can't wait to see him on Pitmasters soon...
Three Dogs BBQ, Zach has a long bright future ahead. Did you get a chance to watch episode 3 of Chopped the bbq series. Donna Fong competed from Butchers Daughter. We teamed up with her to win a Grand Championship when we competed. I love to say that.
That is impressive to win at 17.
Big Dude, We have known Zack and his parents for several years now. It is pretty awesome that he is maturing into an award winning competitor.
I didn't have much time to chat, we were busy! I don't know if you stuck around for the awards, but Lori and I had the privilege of handing out the hardware and checks and I had the pleasure of handing out 2 180 pins for dessert, including a "perfect perfect."
Aaron, I wish we had stuck around. I know we would have enjoyed the awards ceremony. We did walk around for awhile and enjoyed the festival. I ate all my desserts and most likely got one of those perfect desserts. Good Stuff.
I have DVR'd the Chopped episodes. I need to find time to binge watch...
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