06.04.2013 - 06.04.2013
The annual St Augustine Rhythm and Ribs Festival was held on the weekend of Apr 5-7. We jumped at the chance to travel back to St Augustine and see some further sights we didn't see last time we visited. In the morning, we visited the Colonial Quarter which had recently opened. We created stamped leather necklaces in the leather shop and ate tapas in a Spanish Taberna before wandering around to enjoy some of the celebrations to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of Florida. There were Spanish dancers, Latin dancers, Mexican dancers, musical performances and street artists to name a few. This was all separate to the Ribs festival which was in another part of town not far away.
Onto the Festival! There were plenty of rides and activities for the children and we made good use of our multiride passes. Carys enjoyed her first ride on a real pony so much she wanted to stay on. When we were in Fort Worth, she had the opportunity to ride a pony but she was a bit unsure of what to do but this time she couldn't wait to get on. She even held on all by herself and her smile was magical!
Carys also enjoyed the water bumper boats and a plane ride whilst Nigel enjoyed a pitching game that ditched a person into a barrel of water. His first pitch struck true to the surprise of the cold and wet person on the ledge!
After some playtime and a beer or two we wandered down to the rib area as it was starting to get busy. The crowds were building for the main musical attraction and the lines for ribs were long and getting longer. There were 6 main rib stalls to try as well as a local rib stall, hot corn cobs, pretzels, pizzas, local beers and desserts.
First up was the Carolina Rib King and a chat with 'Mr Pig' for Carys.
After a visit to Bubbas for some soda pop we were off to try Camp 31 ribs from Alabama. As you can hopefully work out, these bbq stalls travel the country to bbq at festivals and enter competitions. At the end of the weekend, I would love to know how many kilograms of ribs were cooked! I can tell you though that there were 174 kegs of beer consumed!
By this stage, the rib lines were over an hour long and the music was starting to heat up. We had found some fellow Aussie friends and we had camped out in a quieter area near the VIP tent. Our combined 6 kids were having a ball running around eating corn cobs and drinking soda pop whilst the adults caught up on events and finished our ribs. Out of the 7 ribs stalls, we managed to try 4 of them as the lines were getting ridiculously long. The ribs here are either smothered in sauce or cooked with a dry rub and served with a choice of black eyed peas, mac and cheese, coleslaw, Texas toast (which is just thick cut white bread, toasted) or collard greens (not a favorite of mine!) Brisket is also a favorite and when done right, it melts in your mouth!
Music wise, the music was getting louder and the crowd were getting pumped up. The headline act JJ Grey and Mofro were due on at any minute. By this stage, we'd already listened to a few bands including Yankee Slickers and Love Chunk. Strange names but great live music!
Carys was still having a great time but it was nearly 2100 and she hadn't slept all day so we called time and after a last beer and pretzel we headed home. Naturally, she was fast asleep before we'd driven 5 minutes down the road but we'd had a fab day. Can't wait for next year!!