All Meat Everything at the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival

For the second year in a row, the Food Dudes hit up the 6thAnnual Blues, Views & BBQ Festivalin Westport on August 31, 2013 for something we really like. Meat.
Typically we walk around and plot out what we must eat for the day and usually we just cram a bunch of those food choices into a few hours. And of course we made sure we hung out by the CTbites demo tent for free samples from local chefs Fritz Knipschildt (Chocopologie), Matt Storch (Match and The Chelsea), Helton DaSilva (Barcelona), and Pietro Scotti (Da Pietro’s).
We were glad to try mostly pork, and we have no issues with that whatsoever! And there are lots of photos of a stuffed pig, because, well, we like piggies.
We also managed to stop by Bobby Q’s booth for burnt ends, pulled pork, and smoked sausage and we finally got to try some balls from The Local Meatball of which you can expect a mini review!
Have fun with the slobbering that these photos will induce.Β 
The CTbites demo tent team!

CTbites founder Stephanie Webster poses with a tasty new friend


Double Mmm…

Chef Helton DaSilva (Barcelona) slicing up the stuffed pig.

One way to freak out a baby, introduce her to a stuffed piggy.

The finished product, with slaw.

Chef Matt Storch getting ready to start his bacon demo. Bacon!

What’s better than grilled slab bacon?

More grilled slab bacon!

Ready to slice!

It was joked about that I was licking my lips when the bacon was being sliced/plated. It was true.

Grilled bacon with a molasses based sauce with cherry peppers for some heat, fresh mozzarella for cooling factor, micro greens, and a piece of crispy pork skin.

We took a break from meat for some balls.

Balls from The Local Meatball out of Fairfield!

And then more meat. Burnt ends and pulled pork from Bobby Q’s.

Even I get photographed sometimes with my new tattoo being the focus. Photo credit: Mike Lauterborn.

Needed a meat break for a Rita’s Italian Ice!

Chef Fritz Knipschildt before his demo time.

Fritz made salmon with potato puree and beets.

Chef Scotti Pietro slathering up some pork.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Everything looks soooo good! I was loving the pictures from this festival on my instagram feed – will definitely have to visit this event next year.
    For now I'll just DROOL!


  2. I like this festival. Many still ask, “Is it worth $25?” Besides music and free parking you don't really get much else. The BBQ competitors can give you samples but you have to ask and then again, they don't have to say yes either.

    The demos are my favorite part and even though I'm covering as press I stick by my pals from CTbites.


  3. Unsuccessfully tried to get press passes to this. That pulled pork looks amazing!


  4. You wrote in and got denied? Lee is usually pretty accommodating.


  5. I did too Jess, he said that the passes were all accounted for. Sad, seeing as I cover CT food and this looks like a pretty rockin' fest! Maybe next year!


  6. Andrew, The photos are amazeballs. Makes me want to eat my screen! Looks like you had a great time and got to see some cool stuff! ( THAT PIG!) πŸ™‚


  7. Thanks! I think next year I may have to start pandering to the BBQ competitors. I walked by and that section had some serious food going on.


  8. Have you guys been to Chef's Table in Fairfield!? I JUST started working there and it is AWESOME. I think you'd guys would really, really dig it.


  9. I have been to the one in Westport but that was years ago. Pretty sure that one is no longer a Chef's Table. Will have to stop by in Fairfield!


  10. You gotta! We have live music Monday for lunch


  11. Sarah Maseto says:

    I was there too! The chef's demos were great and so was the music! Nice tattoo!


  12. Were you there Saturday or Sunday?

    And thank you! Haha! I also like my tattoo πŸ™‚


  13. What a great event and such a bummer I didn't go. 😦 I don't know how I feel when I see the whole pig roasted like that…but I'd definitely eat it once it's plated! πŸ˜‰


  14. Some folks definitely were freaked out by the pig!

    All I ever see is food πŸ˜‰


  15. Anonymous says:

    My family would totally be rocking those burnt ends…not sure about the headed piggy though????Michelle brennan


  16. The pig got a mixed reaction that day. I feel you on burnt ends though! One of my favorite things about BBQ!


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