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Monday, March 09, 2015

Lots of BBQ at Peacock Park on Sunday

Grillin' in the Grove ended a long, eventful weekend in Coconut Grove, which started with the Sprung! Beer Festival, and included FAM - Gallery Walk Night.

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.
A very popular space was in the center of Peacock Park, where all the kiddie rides and games were.

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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Blogger Supermaramu100 said...

I am a Grovite and Love the Grove. So when I have such a bad experience as I just did, I have to tell others who live in this great area.

We bought 2 VIP tickets ($65 each) and were supposed to have a private entrance, no waiting, all you can eat BBQ and free beer in the VIP tent. When we arrived there were over 200 people in the tent and very long lines for each or ribs, chicken and pork. After waiting 45 min in line for pork they ran out. They were making more but after another HOUR in line, still no pork. They also ran out of chicken. We then waited 45 min in line for 1 rib! There was no place to put down your 1 rib and tiny piece of corn bread, let alone sit. When I asked an organizer I was told they sold over 500 VIP tickets and were "overwhelmed". Another catering person I spoke to simply said "it happens every time".

Well, this is the last time I will ever go. And my husband left without eating or drinking a thing as he would not wait hours in line and was disgusted by the
whole experience.

This experience is an embarrassment for the Grove and the organizers should not be allowed to return.

March 09, 2015 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's that you say, the Grove
is a clip joint?

Stay in touch with Rip Van Winkle,
he'll keep you up to speed.

As for the nasty lady, where were the drones, the MPD spy tower, the swat teams?

We need more control...

March 09, 2015 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never ever go to any kind of food festival, BBQ, Chili cook offs, seafood or whatever. Festivals are great, music, the Gifford lane, etc but for food I want what I want and when and where I want it and in the quality and quantity that I want it and I either pay for it in a restaurant, am a guest at a home or a catered event or make it myself.. I have no patience for lines, scarcity, tiny portions or thimbles of food or drink or any of that nonsense.

March 09, 2015 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beer and meat. Beer and greasy pork meat. Sums up quite well what the new, progre$$ive Grove is turning into. The so called "Arts" festival is not much more than that, anyway, not to mention the corporate Bedrace or Mangostrut.

Bear and meat. Too much of that crap, everywhere, even at one of the few good things left around here, the Gifford little gig under the trees.

March 09, 2015 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 72 and been in the Grove since 1965. I've never understood how intelligent people were convinced to pay to park and pay to get into any restaurant or event for the privilege to spend their money, or wait in a long line. I never have and I never will.

March 09, 2015 11:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We always walk by the event, shake our heads at the long lines, wave to the local business owners we know, then go to their establishment where we can sit, relax and NOT wait in line.

March 09, 2015 12:58 PM  
Blogger Ariel Baron-Robbins said...

My boyfriend and I just moved to the grove and this was a terrible "festival". 40$ to get in and all the food was over 10$? It was so small we walked around in 10 minutes. There was no point to it. No "craft" beer, just Yuengling. It was incredible boring. Why pay money to go to a place that charges your more money?

March 09, 2015 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Bruce S. said...

I was tempted to go the BBQ fest on Sunday by the website that promoted the "family friendly" $25 ticket and free rides for young kids. BUT Nowhere on the site could I find a description of what the food would cost, and that set off warning bells.
So just like many other commenters, I decided why go to a place that charges you to get in, only to charge you more to wait in line for food.
From the reports, it sounds like we made the right decision to skip it. We paid to eat elsewhere with no line.

How do these for profit "festivals" get approved to fence off Peacock Park? Does anyone know what the review process is? Do they give a cut of the gate and the sales to the city?

March 09, 2015 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanna get stuffed with pork and beer? Go to the Grove and get in line!!

VIP passes and Free Bike valet parking available!

March 09, 2015 5:11 PM  

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