02 Oct 2005, 01:21

BBQ and Chocolate

It’s been good weekend for food. Last night Jolayne and I went to the American Royal BBQ over at the Kemper Arena. The American Royal itself is an annual month long rodeo/livestock event in Kansas City, but its first weekend is always a barbeque competition. We’d never been before, but this is only the second year they’ve had it set up to allow you to buy from the competitors. However, we were a little disappointed because we thought there would be a lot more sampling going on. We ended up not finding that many different places selling stuff and everything was generally pretty expensive. Some of the stuff we tried was pretty good, but it just wasn’t the BBQ paradise I had been expecting. We did get to see a nice fireworks show though.

Today was much more satisfying. We went to the Kansas City Chocolate Festival at Union Station. It took us about 20 minutes of waiting in line just to get inside and then after that we probably spent a total of an hour of so waiting in line to get to sample the chocolate from the different vendors but it was totally worth it. We got to try 4 different chocolate fountains and sample a bunch of other stuff as well, but we managed to get out of there with only one purchase (a bag of awesome truffles). The one place I wish we could have stopped but didn’t get a chance because the line was so long was the booth for Elbow Chocolates. He makes artisan chocolates that look completely amazing and there was one there made with single malt scotch that I really wanted to try. I think we may end up ordering some of those anyway. Hopefully the chocolate festival will become an annual event, and based on the massive crowd of people there I think there’s a good chance of that.