Kind of a gray day, probably didn't help any, but it wasn't full of the escitement I was expecting. Heard some OK music, saw the predictable crafts booths. As for the chow, very mixed reviews. Lots of Indian food. Nothing wrng with what I had, som samosas and other things, which were some of the best values there, but there's a half dozen Indian restaurants right there with $6.95 buffets, so the steam tray vendors were nothing special.
Big Moe's , and Jake's Boss were there with BBQ. Ribs and pulled pork tend to work from a bulk vending soultion point of view, but I've kind of had my fill of the overpriced mass production $6 pulled pork sandwiches at street fairs and BBQ competitions.
Saw, but didn't try, some pretty lame looking Thai food.
The most interesting foods seemed to be the Carribean island vendors, with things like jerk chicken and curry goat. The problem here, again, was $10 for a small plate of food from chafing dishes and steam trays, which had been sitting for hours.
Someone here recommended the home made ginger beer. I bought one, with high hopes based on the post. Unfortunately, it was horrible. Not gingery-hot as I expected, although there was a nice balance of spices and flavors. It was made as a concentrate, and mixed woth tonic water through a beverage dispensing system, which left it tonic-y and flat. A huge disappointment.
All in all, I am glad I went, just to see what was happening, but in the final assessment I was not impressed. Steet food should be a better value than sitting down in a restaurant, even if it doesn't quite mach the quality of individual preparations. That was not the case here. Probably won't go back next year.
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