In its first year, the festival was still looking to get its feet under it, as lines for samples were long and only six teams were competing. Unfortunately, one team could not get their wings ready in time to submit for judging, so there were only five teams in contention for the $1,000 first prize.
Yes, you read that right, if you had put together a team and brought a 10-by-10 tent, some sort of heat source to apply smoke to meat and a few pounds of chicken wings, you could have had an excellent chance of winning a cool grand. File that away in your mental calendar for next year.
In the end, the money went to the "You Are the Ranch Beneath My Wings" team, and they were worthy winners. Just remember, next year it could be you!
First place: You are the Ranch Beneath My Wings
Second place: Filthy Seattle
Third place: Buffalo Soldiers
Best Presentation: Bob-A-Cuties
The winner of the wing-eating contest was Bob Redden, representing Grumpy’s Bail Bonding Co.
All in all, it was an enjoyable day on a beautiful early fall afternoon, so we can forgive a few lines and an occasional hiccup in organization.
To see the account by one of my fellow judges, check out Amanda Saad's blog at "An Organic Process." You might even catch a glimpse of some notable Bites commenters, one of my SouthComm homies, and a recent Scene cover story subject, who was a real blast to judge alongside of.
See you next year at the festival.