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Big Green Egg flavour fair 2016 - Review

By June 20, 2016 ,

Once again my annual pilgrimage to Beesd to attend the Big Green Egg flavour fair. An ode to the BBQ. This year was the 10th edition of the festival and they were certainly in a celebratory mood with a glass of fizz on arrival which was a lovely touch.

The concept for this festival has pretty much kept with last years vastly improved format, separating areas into baking, veg, fish and meat. There was also a larger turnout than last year as it was pretty busy earlier on, the good weather certainly helped.

Sadly I didn't however get to try the Librijes Atelier experience. A pop up concept of the famed 3* restaurant with sample dishes and wine pairings all cooked on the egg. This was my first year attending as press, so we had reserved spaces for the first sitting. I turned up with my ticket only to be told that there were no spaces. I wasn't the only person who had the same problem. Not sure who was at fault in this instance, but it was a disappointment.

Also there was no escaping Julius Jaspers with his BGE flavour challenge, the competition whereby you have to cook a steak and a mayonnaise sauce. I decided to watch from the sidelines rather than participate again this year. At least the competitors had better weather, it was pouring with rain when I took part last year, but it was fun.

Jeroen Hazebroek (he of Hete Kolen cookbook fame) was also there demoing near the main BGE shop as was master butcher extraordinaire GertJan Kiers who did one of the main demos on butchery in the master class area.

Again there was a good mix of chefs from many restaurants cooking some excellent dishes. I do like the concept of the festival where the cost of the food is included in the entry fee. So unlike the other festivals you don't have to pre purchase munten to pay for your wares. There were some drink stalls that required munten (tokens) but the rest of the stalls did not require payment. My favourite was the pulled pork from Leonard Elenbaas'  Pure Passie which came in a cornflour patty and had a good piquant BBQ sauce.

There was also the Masterclass tent with demos from Edwin Klassen, Michel Lambermon, Leonard Elenbaas  and Hidde de Brabander. There was also an extra demo area and a larger childrens area this year as well. 

The cook book this year was pretty full of interesting recipes and a lot bigger than last years. 

All in all, a good event, some interesting dishes and great weather. Congrats BGE on your 10th anniversary.

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