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Independence Food

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!

Nel

Happily married, bookaholic, Netflix-a-holic sharing random experiences and interpretations of my world which is brutally honest most of the time.

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27 thoughts on “Independence Food

  1. intenttowin

    I admire people who want to be vegetarians and vegans, but if God had really meant for us to only eat plants he would have given us only flat teeth like cows. Just sayin’

  2. susandyer1962

    Omg!! You made me so hungry with your post and I just woke up! Hahaha sounds like you had an awesome time! Plus, you are all my favorite foods at any festival!! Lol

  3. Jo-Ann

    Rib, white and blue! I love that name! The ribs look delish and I never knew what funnel cake was before but that looks amazing too. I’ve had fried dough in Boston. The closest thing we have to that here in Canada is beaver tails.

    1. Nel Post author

      I have never heard of a beaver tail! What are the ingredients?? It sounds really cool! Maybe like an elephant ear? The dough kind of looks like pancake mix and they drizzle it on top of hot oil to make the cake.
      Yes! I love ribs! If you had any cool foods on Canada Day you should totally share a post! I’d be interested πŸ™‚

  4. Noriko

    Awwwww <3 So lovely! And the ribs.. THE RIBS! I also wonder what a funnel cake tastes like? I gotta visit the US around the Independence Day! It’ll be on my bucket list, for sure!
    Thank you so much for sharing, Nel! πŸ˜€

    1. Nel Post author

      I want to say it tastes like a crispy pancake or waffle with toppings.
      Yes, you do! I need to visit Japan more though πŸ˜›

      1. Noriko

        Well then, you may get want to avoid summertime, it’s super hot and humidπŸ’¦ it’s kind of brutal!! πŸ˜‚

  5. updownflight

    I LOVE funnel cake. I should make myself some as a cheer up treat, since I haven’t felt that great lately. Ribs are wonderful, too, but I don’t tend to make them when I see the fat on them. If I eat them out the fat is covered with the sauce πŸ™‚

    1. Nel Post author

      Yes! Go for it! I sent you an email because I was wondering where you’ve been. Hope you’re feeling a little better. And yes when the fat is covered up, you’re less likely to think about it haha

  6. Mischenko

    Goodness, this post made me so hungry. Ribs are so delicious and pretty much every food known to man during the 4th of July holiday. It kills me! Elephant ears and funnel cakes are a fave. Looks like so much fun. Thanks for a great post. πŸ˜‰

    1. Nel Post author

      I agree! I look forward to ribs at 4th of July and ham at Thanksgiving, haha.
      Have you ever had a deep fried Oreo? That’s like the new fair food craze!

  7. Cherylene

    Great pics! You had me zooming in to get closer to the ribs. Yummy! I’m glad that you had a great day.

    For Independence day celebrations here in Trinidad and Tobago we celebrate with military-style parades followed by the presentation of National Awards that honour the outstanding achievements of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago in various fields. Finally, this day of celebration comes to a close with fireworks displays both in Trinidad and Tobago.

    Enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. Nel Post author

      That sounds fun! You should do a post about your home. I would love to know more! I only know that Rhianna is from there. That’s about it, haha

      1. Cherylene

        I plan on doing one very soon. πŸ™‚ Rihanna is actually from Barbados another beautiful island in the Caribbean. Nicki Minaj however, was actually born here in Trinidad and Tobago.

        1. Nel Post author

          That’s who I meant! I get the confused clearly. Thanks for checking me. That’s awesome! I’ll look forward to reading it 😊

    1. Nel Post author

      Every holiday is celebrated with food! It was pretty fun. Hot as hell though let me tell you. From the sun and all the smokers and grills going. I was sweating buckets by the end.

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