It is that time of the year to again announce the Q-Fest for
2009. It will be held February 13-14-15th (Friday
afternoon through Sunday morning) at Lake Puddingstone, East
Shore RV. This is a yearly CBBQA event and will be similar to
Links with information for Q-fest 2008 are below:
< Q-Fest, 2009, Worksheet >
< Q-Fest, 2009, Information Sheet >
In a nutshell the concept is:
- BBQ folks get together to relax (no stress from a contest),
camp out, and get to socialize and know each other more
- Everybody brings a pot-luck entry for the meal they would like
to participate in (I hope all the meals). Friday-dinner,
- Everybody participates in multiple ways (what suits each
person best). As in:
- Brings some Ezie ups, chairs, tables for all to use
- Brings their BBQ Pit (pits are NOT provided) if needed
- Cooks & plates their favorite pot-luck submissions
- Helps setup, serve, break down, & police up
- Contributes resources for all (campfire wood, ?)
Remember, many hands make little work. In other words, when
everybody gets involved, helps a little bit, contributes
something or other, we end up with a fantastic event, a great
time had by all, with very little effort or strain put on any
one, or small group, of enthusiastic volunteers.
I really hope everybody can attend and hope to see the biggest
turn out yet!!!
Please peruse the links below and then just email me
Dan@BBQbyDan.com to enter
your requests on the
< Q-Fest, 2009, Worksheet >
are some links to previous years write-ups and pictures
2008, Pictures >:
2007, Pictures >
2006, Pictures >
< Q-Fest, 2005, Pictures >
< Q-Fest, 2004, Pictures >
< Q-Fest, 2003, Pictures >
Links with information for
Q-fest 2008 are below:
< Q-Fest, 2009, Worksheet >
< Q-Fest, 2009, Information Sheet >
6-January-2009 -- Update !!!
Guess we are close enough to start mentioning a few of the
important items that are good reminders, that make the event
more enjoyable, and start getting the Q-Fest back into
FIREWOOD - One of the most important items we can have at
the event is firewood. We typically burn a fire, sometimes 2, up
to 24 hours a day from the Friday arrival through departure
after a later breakfast Sunday morning. We have been spoiled the
last two years as Glen Stanley has brought a trailer full of
wood and many cases of contributed (by Sparkletts) Sparkletts
water and Sports drinks. Glen is unable to attend this year! So,
we all need to try and bring a BUNCH of wood. Better to bring
too much and take some home than not have enough. Trust me,
Friday evening and after the Saturday dinner, meeting, and
breakdown Saturday evening, everybody is ready to rest,
chit-chat, and enjoy a fire till late.
DRINKS - As mentioned earlier. Glen Stanley has brought
many cases of contributed (by Sparkletts) Sparkletts water and
Sports drinks for the last two years and now we need to ensure
we all bring what we need for ourselves.
EZIE Ups & TABLES & CHAIRS - We typically use about 4
EZIE ups for the primary Saturday serving area and 6-8 tables.
There is some, but not that much, seating and shade at the park.
Think about bringing some equipment (tables, chairs, whatever).
Especially chairs. If you want to sit somewhere you will
probably need your own chair. We may not need everything, or use
it all, but at least we might really need it and it hurts not to
have an option
WEATHER - It is guaranteed to be sunny and hot per
www.weather.com !!! But, sometimes www.weather.com is wrong !!!
Some of our best Q-Fests over the last 12 years have been in the
rain! Folks get closer and communicate more. Interesting how
that happens. Anyway, prepare just in case. There are people
that won't attend an event based upon a weather forecast. Trust
me, it can be predicted to rain and it won't. A recent example
would be the Sunburst BBQ Contest. Happens all the time. Perfect
weather. Some cancelled due to a prediction. Over the years it
is better to just attend and grin and bear it. Trust me, it
always works out for the better. Nobody has spent more time in a
tent while it is raining on them than Brent and Kim and they
still love it!
POTLUCKS - Please be prepared to bring your entree, for
each potluck, totally ready to be served/dished from a serving
line. That is seasoned, sliced, brought to the serving table in
a container (either disposable pans or whatever), and a serving
utensil of some type (disposable preferred). That way we can all
make little work for all participants. Friday evening is simpler
than Saturday in that the attendance and potluck entries are
less. We can use existing concrete / wooden tables or a few
additional tables or chairs provided by attendees.
MEATS - We are only eating what we bring. No food items
are being supplied by the CBBQA. Nobody other than the
participants of the potlucks are cooking, assisting, or
providing food items. So, what you see on the < Q-Fest, 2009,
Worksheet > is what we get.
BBQ PITS & FOOD COOKING - There are no communal pits.
Everybody that offers to bring something needs to be able to
cook it with their own equipment, woods, fuels, seasonings, and
labors. Then present it prepped, sliced, and ready to serve in
disposable (or not) pans or pots.
ARRIVAL - Feel free to arrive and park in the spot
assigned on the < Q-Fest, 2009, Worksheet > . Folks already
present are always ready to assist and help. Typically folks
arrive sometime after noon Friday through the evening and or
Saturday morning. Feel free to manage everything about your
arrival, stay, and exit (except reservations, payment, or exact
location sometimes). Tenter’s are welcome to set up sites
between our assigned and reserved spots. Folks parking for the
day or for a shorter period of time can park in the pull-thru
lane at the exit point of our pull-thru spots (the advantage of
getting many pull-thru's). The exit lane is all ours for
parking. Remember that a vehicle cannot park all 4 wheels on the
grass. Only two wheels and not in the road or blocking traffic!
The park rangers get testy about that.
RESERVATION FEES - A CBBQA representative, if present at
the time, helps with spot placement and collects all monies for
the spots as folks arrive and issues badges. Do not pay for your
spot to the park. This way we can get the best options to fit
everybody in somewhere, receive all discounts that apply, and
reserve a year in advance based upon our great relationship with
CBBQA - Will provide badges, disposable plates, packaged
disposable cutlery, napkins, a limited amount of foil pans
(please provide your own). Please bring your own chairs, drinks,
and whatever. It is truly a communal activity. Many hands make
SEMINARS - Typically we have multiple seminars going on.
So far there are NONE scheduled. In other words nobody has
offered and finalized a scheduled time and topic with me. All it
takes is somebody that can stand up for 45 minutes to an hour
and exchange some good skills or knowledge to the others. Any
volunteers? Larry, did you mention somebody?
HANG OUT WITH EACH OTHER - Please don't hesitate to mosey
around, introduce yourself, and enter other campsites and start
talking. We did not come here to stick to ourselves and be shy.
Most everybody knows each other and makes their way from
location to location. Please don't hesitate to do the same. This
is a social event!
OVERALL SCHEDULE IN A NUTSHELL -
Friday afternoon folks arrive, 17:00 we might have a seminar of
some type, 18:00 folks start making their potluck, 19:30-20:00
entrées are brought over to the serving area (any extra lighting
is nice) and we have dinner, after dinner seminar if someone
volunteers, hang out with friends and around the fire, and enjoy
the social atmosphere and people that you never get to talk to
because you are usually adhering to a contest or event schedule.
Saturday morning breakfast - is typically served about 08:30 -
08:35. Entrées are brought over and good to go just prior. After
breakfast seminars if someone volunteers
JIM SHERIDAN - www.ChuckWagonGuy.com - will be in
attendance with his Breakfast grill and BBQ Smoking Trailer !!!
This is one special treat. If you have never tasted his
wonderful breakfast or dinner entrées then you are in for a
treat. If you have you then know what you have to look forward
Saturday after breakfast and until the dinner potluck at 14:00
folks either attend seminars, prep and prepare foods, visit, or
just get ready for a great meal.
Saturday 14:00 Dinner - We REALLLLLLY need 3 or 4 folks to
volunteer to help set up the serving area (Ezie ups, tables,
table cloths) and receive the food entree items as folks bring
them over. In general just lead and organize the potluck dinner
setup. This is by far the most important group of people for the
weekend and help make the entire weekend very special! Any
Saturday CBBQA annual general meeting - 15:30, general business,
awards, and the new board is introduced
Saturday 16:30 we (everybody helps) pack everything up. As in,
tables, chairs, foods, Ezie ups, whatever. Not to leave but just
to get everything organized for a relaxing evening, munching
left-over’s or whatever, around the fire, and commenting on what
a great weekend it was.
Sunday morning folks get up, if we can organize it we have a
communal breakfast, folks start drifting out from 10:00 through
noon. I believe that we are supposed to be out a bit before
noon. In the old days it was noon. Usually not a biggie as the
park pretty much empties out from the weekend RV'ers. Some might
stay through till Monday.
Hope that helps and reminds the experienced and hope it comforts
and relaxes the less experienced. Don't hesitate to go to the <
Q-Fest, 2009, Worksheet > for daily updates and a complete
listing of all attendees participation and reservation
Don’t hesitate to make contact or ask questions.