DizzyFest 7 – November 8, 2014
On November 7-8, the 7th semi-annual DizzyFest was held at Dizzy Pig headquarters in Manassas, VA. The events are a great opportunity for DizzyHeads and Big Green Egg enthusiasts alike to gather and share tales and great food, and a time for new and potential Egg owners to take advantage of discounted availability of the demo Eggs used at the event.
It was indeed a lucky #7 for the DizzyFest, as the weekend festivities kicked off with a well-attended ‘Meet n’ Greet’ on Friday evening, hosted by the Dizzy Pig team and staff, offering up plenty of warming, comfort food. Braving a deep-dipping northern cold front that pushed temps down to the mid-30’s by the evening’s end, folks got a chance to visit and get acquainted, as well as check out the line-up of barbecue accessories and supplies in the Dizzy Pig Store.
On Saturday, the main day of the ‘Fest, skies were clear and the air frosty, as a record crowd of 350+ made its way to Dizzy Pig HQ to partake in samples from the 20-plus teams cooking at the event, including the Dizzy Pig competition team cooking up samples of their ‘competition level’ pulled pork and chicken. As the day went on, temperatures rose into a more comfortable mid-50’s range, and people were able to shed their parkas and wool hats for more seasonable jackets and ball caps.
Throughout the day, several events were offered to entertain the throng of attendees, including a Chefs’ Throwdown Cookoff, which this year featured Cornish game hen as the featured protein, with Brett Brown and teammate Mary Ann Francis winning. As well, Chris Capell gave a timely and well-received ‘New EGGers’ demo. With a multitude of offerings from the cooking teams and families, it was difficult to decide what to try next, but through a fan voting method with green Mardi Gras style beads, people proclaimed that Neil Pappalardo of Grand Slam BBQ offered up the best of the best samples on the day. While the adults sampled food and talked about all-things-bbq, kids were entertained by the live blues music and the bouncy castle on-site.
Many people were inquisitive to visit with Susan and Theresa of the Dizzy Pig team, as they cooked on the Mini-Max, the latest addition to the BGE family (which is now in-stock and available at the Dizzy Pig retail store). Judging by the interest at the DizzyFest, Big Green Egg® has a winner on its hands with this awesome, portable cooker!
All in all, DizzyFest 7 was a terrific success, with over 30 new Big Green Egg owners emerging from the event. As has become the tradition, many of the new-found and old friends who met and gathered at the ‘Fest, continued the day’s festivities at a local hotel pavilion, braving the cool, crisp Northern Virginia air, sharing stories, good times and yes, firing up some EGGs for even more terrific eats!