But unlike the beer fanatics, I was really mostly in it for the delicious food. Since we got in at set-up, I was first in line to check out the eats! My buddy MM and I split our favorite at The Grilled Cheeserie, the Pimento Mac & Chee with tater tots. That was our pregame. Then I was pumped to try food from a couple of trucks I hadn't yet seen on the scene.
|Before the hordes arrived...|
One new truck that immediately drew me in was Funk Seoul Brother... KOREAN STREET FOOD. In NASHVILLE. I kept circling the truck like a vulture while they got ready to open. The poor workers must have thought I was nuts. I hovered and hovered until I could get my hands on some Bulgogi, which they served as an appetizer with spicy gochujang sauce and steamed rice for $5. First off, a steal. Secondly, YUM. I'm not used to spicy stuff with my bulgogi, but it was a great mixture of flavors. I let my friends try it and they liked it too. The truck guys told me they taste test all their recipes for a 63-year-old Korean grandmother, and that was good enough for me!
Another, where I tried a dessert apple pie, was Music City Pie Company. The crust was excellent (they recommended I used vodka to make a good one, which I've heard before), and they explained they leave the peels on the apples for good reason... and I agree! They had a little spiked whipped cream, which they don't usually get to use, but knowing it was a 21+ crowd it was perfect!
I must say, after the fun I had last year, this year was a little different. The event sold out, and it didn't seem like everyone was prepared! The animals weren't out as much/long as previous years (all I got to see were flamingos, note to self to see things before sunset) and many of the stations ran out of beer almost two hours before the fest ended! Woof. I couldn't complain since I was helping serve beer for the brewery and didn't pay, but folks who spent $65 on tickets didn't seem too pleased.
Still, I also enjoyed spending time with two of my favorite guys, my sweet Dan and my lil bro MM. I also had a blast riding the carousel for the first time!