Saturday, June 16, 2012

Looking Back: Broad Appetit 2012

Yes, fabulous as always. And the weather cooperated. Not so freakin hot as in the past. I continue to applaud all of the independent restaurateurs in the area who wow us with imaginative and delicious creations. I love that the festival takes place in the heart of the arts district and the city allows Broad Street to be blocked off. Having the vendors placed in the median and tables and chairs set up on the sidewalk allows for easier pedestrian flow despite the overwhelming crowds. It looked like there were enough wine stations, but the ID checks and beer lines were a bottle neck. Of course, some vendors run out of food. This happens every year. I think most vendors have learned to adjust. Vendors running out by 1:30 PM just isn't right. To a few other vendors that were late setting up - Plan Better. You are there to showcase your stuff. Poor planning/execution does not impress.

Let me share numerous photos and some of the food that delighted hubby and me.

Balliceaux Booth
The Magpie
The Magpie
Sticky Rice Prepping
Sticky Rice
Cake Pops
Cake Pops
Sold Out
Nothing left but the liquid
Pink Bus
Love the Pink Bus!
Banh Mini
Bahn Mini from Popkin Tavern
Duck Fat Fries
Duck Fat Fries from On the Rox
Pork Belly Bun
Pork Belly Bun from Sticky Rice - So Good!
Curried Goat
Goat Curry from The Magpie - These guys took a risk that turned out to be fabulous. I appreciated that the goat was boneless, too!
Foggy Ridge Cider
We had cider instead of wine. Foggy Ridge rocked it with dry hard cider. Good stuff.
Cochon de Lait
Cochon au Lait with Gouda Grits and Pork Cracklings from Chez Foushee. Our favorite dish from the festival.
Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Goat Cheese from C'est Le Vin. Divine.
Seared Scallop
Seared Scallop with Corn and Bacon from Spoon. Delicious and the winner of the Best Dish.

If you have never attended Broad Appetit, shame on you. Hands down the best food festival in the area. The shear variety is worth checking out. I always go early (not as hot and not as crowded).  I encourage the rest of you to go later so I can enjoy my food with less people :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That the cochon from Chez Foushee was your favorite makes me so happy! My husband (sous chef) and the chef were pleased as well.