In May 2015, John and I attended the 5th Annual Georgia Mountain EggFest in Hiawassee, Georgia.
The EggFest was held at the famous Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds along the shores of stunning Lake Chatuge.
An EggFest is a venue for people who enjoy cooking on a Big Green Egg or who want to start cooking on one.
It is a weekend when EggHeads come together to cook, eat, drink, exchange ideas, and catch-up with each other.
It’s also one heck of a good time!
The weekend kicked-off with a Meet and Greet Party on Friday night.
Everyone either brought a covered dish to share or cooked something on one of the 5 large Big Green Eggs available.
By the end of the night, there were no strangers among us.
And I doubt anyone left hungry.
The next morning, 110 talented cooks fired up the Big Green Eggs:
And about 2100 tasters poured through the gate.
For 6 hours, the cooks were serving some of their best creations.
I hope you are hungry, because I’m going to take you up and down the treelined street of the Georgia Mountain EggFest for a virtual taste!
I’ll do my best to explain all the food. Cooks, if I labeled your food incorrectly (or not at all) please contact me so I can fix it.
AsiParm Potatoes and Sausage Balls:
Top Sirloin stuffed with Cream Cheese and Braswell’s Balsamic Vidalia Onion Jam:
Jalapeño Shrimp Poppers:
Seared Tuna topped with Slaw and Avocado:
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Gems:
Cast Iron Shrimp and Grits:
Bacon and Egg Phyllo Cups:
Breakfast Queso Fundido:
Jelly Belly Cuban:
Pulled Pork Egg Rolls with a secret Asian BBQ Sauce:
Carolina Pork with Carolina Slaw:
Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps:
Pork Tenderloin with Braswell’s Cinnamon Chipotle Rub:
Pulled Pork Sandwiches:
Carnivore Sauce Salsa:
Bacon Egg Avocado Cups:
Smoked Ham Bean Soup:
Cheesy Hash Brown Cups:
Parmesan Crusted Salmon:
Bacon Wrapped Scallops:
Jalapeño Popper Dip:
Carne Asada Tacos with a Jalapeño Mojo Marinade:
Burgers with Pulled Pork, Cheese and Bacon:
Grilled Watermelon with Feta and a Balsamic Reduction:
And then Apple Pie for dessert.
Crazy awesome food, right?!
Here are two happy tasters I met:
Their smiles say it all.
As our afternoon together was starting to come to an end:
The cooks started to get very, very serious:
Gosh, I love EggHeads.
Huge thanks to all the vendors. We love your EGGcessories!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to teach one of the 3 classes:
— BGE 101 class: Kim Youngblood from Lawrenceville, GA and J. Barrett Carter from Smyrna, Georgia.
— “Going Dutch” (Dutch oven cooking): Peter Benac from Kittrell, North Carolina.
— Ongoing Maintenance, Problems & Warranty Issues: Tim Brown from Ontario, Canada.
Don’t sit down yet.
We still have the After Party!
Obviously, I loved all the food at the Georgia Mountain EggFest, but the friendships. . . that’s the icing on the cake.
To all 110 Cooks! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Once again, you outdid yourselves.
And last, but never least, the man who makes it all possible: John Hall.
“Thank you” just isn’t enough.
The time, energy, dedication, passion and love that you put into this EggFest is why the Georgia Mountain EggFest is considered the Favorite EggFest for so many.
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