Triple digit weather and smoky skies (from wildfires) did not sway the festival attendees at Rio Vista Hot August Bites. It was hot. Thankfully this pampered judge was sequestered in an air conditioned judges room. I still did venture out to see a lot of happy people. There was a chili and rib contest and the public was invited to sample and judge both. Despite the sweltering heat the public was out in force to participate.
This festival had all the right moves. There was bouncy things for kids. Lots of venders selling crafts and knick knacks. Of course a couple of politician and the Rotary Club was present. A vintage car display with plenty of shiny chrome was here to view. There was two stages for music. If ribs and chili was not enough there was several food vendors.
There was approx 35 teams competing in the rib cookoff today. There was a lot of local talent and backyard cookers serving up there best version of ribs. All the competitors paid an entry fee and were supplied ribs to cook. They cooked for us judges and then also cooked some for the public. The public voted for their favorite to crown a People' Choice champion. We had three flights of 6 entries to make a full day of judging. I have to say the judges were impressed with some mighty fine ribs.
What a fun day. This is what we love to do. We hope to return to a "normal" bbq event schedule soon.