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Seems like a lot of people (including me) were sniffing around the forum in the days and weeks before Eggtoberfest trying to find information. While it is fresh in my mind, I made some notes that might be handy for next year (might not!). Please add things and correct the things I messed up
1. Location: The Atlanta Motor Speedway is about 30 minutes south of Atlanta. The Hampton Inn in Griffin is a good location. There are 2 or 3 other hotels in the same area. It is about 5-10 miles south of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Also, some people stayed at the race track in RVs. That looked like it would be fun- not sure how to arrange it.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
2. Timing: The ticket says Eggtoberfest on Saturday is from 9-5. It starts at 9. The eggs all get shut down at 3 (so that they are cool enough to take home at 5?). The action started winding down before 3 but that may have been because they ran out of beer at about 1:30. They ran out of all drinks at about 2:30.
3. Swag: After you pick up your badge, you pick up your swag back. This year the swag included a set of 4 citronella candles in the shape of BGE, a half size cedar plank (set of two- I am not sure what to do with a half size one though- I guess cut my salmon up into two pieces), a full jar of Dizzy Pig rub (we had two swag bags so got two different varieties), a BGE ball point pen, a schedule of lectures/demonstrations, and drink tickets. The bag itself was white with the BGE logo in green (of course). As you are entering, the swag bag pick up was on the left, then you go to the t-shirt give away on the right. I didn’t notice the t-shirts when I got there in the morning and when I went back at noon they were out of smalls and mediums so I got a large that I hope shrinks. The thing to do is probably pick up your swag and return it to the car. Your badge gives you in and out privileges.
4. Drink tickets: You get 5 tickets with admission. Any drink (water, soft drink or beer) costs one ticket. I am not sure if you can buy extra tickets. The longest lines at the festival were for drinks but the lines moved pretty quickly. This year the beer sponsor was Heineken and they offered one variety of beer in a can. Kroger was another sponsor and they supplied the soft drinks and water I am guessing. Lots of people brought their own drinks.
5. Demonstrations: There were scheduled demonstrations in the building at the back of the festival. I went to part of one but it was hard to hear and I think they are all available in video format on the internet afterwards so I decided to not spend my time back there.
6. The cooks: This was the best part! There were 5 or 6 lanes of cooks and the cooks were generally in stations of several people. Each station had several Eggs from which to work . Many of the stations had signs in front of them that said the dishes they were serving and the general times they expected to serve each dish. It sort of went: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert; each spaced apart by about an hour or 2. There was a big variety of main ingredients. I don’t think anyone made a smoked brisket though which disappointed me as that is my holy grail dish that stays just out of my grasp. I have a great BBQ place within 5 miles of our house that offers brisket sliders for 50% off before 7 PM (Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ) and my goal is to make brisket at least as good as theirs but so far it hasn’t worked out that way. There were a few professional cooks, with food trucks, but most of the stations were regular people with “day jobs”. I guess you would have to have started the brisket the day before or done a partial cook prior to coming so the logistics of it were too much.
7. The race track: There were race cars zooming around us on the track (the festival was in the “infield”). It was pretty cool to just watch them. You could definitely HEAR them and sometimes you had to repeat yourself to be heard after the car passed by. We did not do this but we spoke to people who told us you could pay $10 to ride over 100 mph in a pace car (the line for that was pretty long). Or, you could pay $100 to ride in a race car (there was a shorter line for that).
8. Merchandise: There was a “store” where you could buy Eggsessories and Dizzy Pig products. There was a sign at the store that said that Demo Eggs were still available. I think it was about noon when I saw that sign. The store took credit cards.