Rock concerts may evoke fandemonium, but it's the Big Green Egg that gets people smokin'. Charcoal, that is, barbecue, roasting, seasonings and rubs. ‘Eggheads,’ as fans of the grill call themselves, are quite a savory bunch.
The 3rd Annual Central Florida Fall Eggfest takes place November 12, 2016. The event, once called Green Eggs and Weims, takes place at Wekiva Island from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cook and Taster Tickets are available at centralfloridafalleggfest.com.
"Eggfests" celebrate cooking with a Big Green Egg. The Egg is a ceramic, egg-shaped, charcoal, barbecue cooker. While there are other ceramic grills on the market, the Egg has garnered quite a loyal fan following.
Peter Weller, event organizer, likens the event to a phenomenon.
"A culture has evolved all around the world known as 'Big Green Egg Culture,'" he said. "An Egghead, for instance, is one obsessed with anything involving the grill. They will travel to any Eggfest, supply their own stuff to cook and display their creations. They do this for the pleasure of watching people enjoy themselves eating the food."
Weller, of course, is an Egghead.
"I still scratch my head wondering why we enjoy spending so much money to watch others have a good time with the food! It's such a good feeling! That's the best way to describe it," he said. "We all get to know each other and we enjoy participating in the process."
The event, while not a competition, still instills a competitive spirit among participants.
"It's an incubator of foodie fun and talent," Weller exclaimed.
The talent includes Josh Tahan of True Craft Barbecue. An 'eggficianado,' he will create a variety of yummies for tasting. How does smoked turkey, lemon pepper shrimp and key lime dipping sauce sound? Tahan will teach various techniques on the grill and you're sure to take home some recipes.
"Whether a novice with an Egg or 'eggspert,' you will learn something," Weller added.
Marcia Simmons will create a "Wok through the Park" - cooking dishes in a wok on the Big Green Egg.
Other cooking demos include preparing breakfast items, ribs, chicken, pizza, pork butt, turkey, seafood...
"The sky's the limit with the Egg," Weller said. "We will also have give-aways - some lucky person will win a Large Green Egg. There are seven sizes from XXlarge down to mini. We'll have vendors selling products associated with the Eggs, as well."
Music will also play a part. Local musician, Jason LoGrande, is MC and entertainer for the event.
Travel Country Outfitters is the sponsor of the event. They will be on hand selling ‘Eggcessories'. Demo Eggs can be purchased at a significant discount prior to the event. To purchase, visit the Demo Egg Sales page on the website, http://centralfloridafalleggfest.com. Along with some their other product lines like: Thermoworks , Ceramic Grill Store, and Flame Boss a company located in Apopka FL. "Our cooks at the event use the Demo Eggs to cook on," Weller said.
"Our cooks at the event use the Demo Eggs to cook on," Weller said.
For tickets, directions, hotel information and schedule visit the website - http://centralfloridafalleggfest.com.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Wekiva River through KeepSeminole.org.
"The river is not what it once was," said Weller. "It belongs to everyone. So we need to do what we can to educate citizens on these causes and what we need to do to minimize pollution."
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