Warning: If you are a herbivore and the sight of meat bothers you, it would probably be in your best interests to skip this post because I’m an omnivore and there will be pictures of barbecued goodness.
As a special request from my friends across the pond (whether that be the Atlantic pond or the Pacific pond) I’m making a post about food that I pretty much only eat about once a year. The 4th of July is Independence Day in America. That means that the original 13 colonies were declared their own nation, freed form the British Empire. Most countries have their own special day like this one. Here, it means stars and stripes everywhere and the colors red, white and blue.
However, for my husband and I, it means ribs; specifically the Rib, White and Blue Festival that takes place in downtown Akron. Yes, I said Rib instead of red. It literally means how it sounds. The city closes off main street and different vendors set up with food and drinks.
I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again, I LOVE food. I love eating food so if there is a festival celebrating food, I’m there.
I want to say there’s about 10 different rib vendors there. They have all kinds of cool signs and trophies showing how many food festivals their ribs have one. Akron holds it’s own contest on July 4th between the vendors and the winner gets another trophy as well as prize money.
When we go, we usually try to decide on two rib vendors and get a half slab of ribs from each. It’s a little confusing who won first place for this year and of course the vendors are trying to get you to buy theirs so they may say they won first place without saying which year they won it. We go by the banners above our head and look for ones that have won 1st place in 2017. Besides the ribs, we also get brisket, some sides and grilled corn on the cob.
This year we passed on the corn because the vendor took cash only and we didn’t have any on us. They’ve really upgraded though from previous years thanks to technology. There are these cool fancy card readers that people can hook up on their cellphones which makes check out a breeze.
Can’t go to a festival and not get a funnel cake. For those who don’t know, a funnel cake is basically fried dough topped with powdered sugar. You can also get it with chocolate, caramel and sometimes fruit preserves. Lastly, we absolutely always get Dippin Dots. Dippin Dots is ice cream! It doesn’t look like ice cream but I assure you it is. It’s made using a liquid nitrogen process. Strawberry is my favorite ice cream flavor. My husband got cotton candy.
Besides fireworks later in the day, there’s also a band playing at Lock 3 stadium. They played the Star Spangled Banner but what was really fun was while we were standing in line, they played some Star Wars scores. You also had the rib vendors playing music from their own sound systems. One of the vendors we stood in line for was jamming to Prince and Michael Jackson which means I was jamming to Prince and Michael Jackson because it’s impossible not to (plus I love dancing).
Fireworks didn’t start until 9:45pm and that was just too late for us to stick around. I’ve already ruined my sleep schedule these last four days so I thought it would be best to go home and grab some early shut eye so I could have some semblance of non-zombie behavior at work today.
To my American friends, did you participate in any fun 4th of July festivities? To my non-American friends, do you have special festivals for your Independence Days? Let me know in the comments below!