I was talking to the lady who owns the Premiere Palette today, and I mentioned that I had attended the Rockin Ribfest to her, and she told me that they tried to apply last year to enter the contest, and told her that registration closed in November, so this year she applied in October, and they strung her along for months and then eventually admitted in January that they always went with the same vendors and she would be unable to enter unless one of those decided to drop out!
This isn't a matter of space, because they only used about half the space available, and of that only a quarter of the space they did use was actually dedicated to ribs.
I went to the Ribfest thinking I was going to sample some of the best ribs in the country, and I was dissapointed with what I got. I also noticed a distinct lack of local rib places attending.
Now I know why!
You'd think it would be easy to get a good beer at an event held at a brewery. Not so! You had to go through no less than three steps at three seperate booths to finally get your small $2 cup of beer.
I won't be returning next year.