Lots of BBQ at Peacock Park on Sunday
The rain only sprinkled on and off and that didn't keep BBQ lovers away from the Grillin' event.
The two events, Grillin' and Sprung! are put on by Tony Albelo, who knows how to throw a party, the only difference was that on Saturday it was all about the beer and on Sunday, it was all about the meat. But both events had cross overs so you could get either on either day.
Both events had a VIP tent where people had little things to nibble and free beer.
There was something for everyone and it ended up being a very big family event, whereas the beer festival the day before was of course beer lovers and a more college-age crowd.
A couple of changes I would make for the future -- have more food ready because so many of the vendors were out of ribs by about 12:30 pm. They had a months to plan for the event, so telling people that they were out and to come back in 30 to 40 minutes was not acceptable. The VIP area had the same problem, people paid top dollar for entry tickets and were denied food and drink due to scarcity.
And at one point the friend who I was with, and I, almost had a fist fight with some rude lady who wanted to fight us over a table. Tables are always in short supply at all these Grove events and that is a big problem. We sat down at an empty space across from a couple of ladies, people share tables there, you grab what you can get; as we started to eat, an older woman came over, demanding we get out of her seat, but there was no indication that anyone was sitting at the other end of the table, she had no food or drink she just wanted to sit there. This particular woman and her family probably thought we were at Matheson Hammock or Crandon Park and that the table was theirs for the day as people do. I was going to get up but my friend said to sit down and take my time and eat. He said that we had food, we sat at an empty space and that was that. Another man and lady sort of squished in beside me and we all had that side of the table. The older nasty lady was not having it.
As we ate, the rude woman stood inches from our heads, with her arms crossed, just basically trying to intimidate us. It's not easy trying to eat with someone standing behind you baring down on you, waiting for you to get up from the table. She literally felt that this was her space and we were invading it.
I assumed that they all paid to enter, so there was nothing I could say about them being in the park. I did think that maybe they were family of a vendor selling there, since they were not eating, which sort of reminds me of mall or store workers who take the closest parking spaces and leave the far away spaces for the customers - if they were vendors or the family of vendors, they had no business taking up tables to sit and hang out at all day when tables for customer are in such short supply.
Anyway, my point is that there are never enough tables at food events and that doesn't make any sense.
PS - guys please stop leaving nasty comments about the Grove and the events in the Grove. If you didn't attend why leave a negative comment? No one forced you to go, you didn't go. So why say anything? If you did go and have something worthwhile, then please leave a comment pro or con.
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