June 4, 2023

Grillfest 2023 in St. Paul


Grillfest 2023 in St. Paul
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for June 4, 2023

My old buddy, Jammin' Jason Davis, was in town for work so we connected at CRAVE in the Mall of America for dinner on Wednesday night.  Jason was my college roommate and the best man in my wedding so it was good to catch up on old times with one another.

On Thursday night, I picked up Luke & Avery for a trip to downtown Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Lynx take on the Connecticut Sun.

It was our first WNBA game.  Apparently they don't draw very big crowds based on the number of empty seats we saw in the arena.  Not sure why that is, though.  I thought it was a pretty exciting contest.

On Saturday, we went to The Minnesota Monthly Grillfest in downtown St. Paul.

Grillfest is held at CHS Field every year where the St. Paul Saints play.  We haven't been to a Saints game for quite awhile, but that may have to get on the calendar sometime soon.

Sue and Ron joined us for the adventure.  It was their first time attending the event, but I'm guessing it won't be their last.

In previous years, there were quite a few booths featuring food being grilled and a big burger contest.  This year seemed to have a lot more booths featuring alcohol and a lot less featuring food.  Not sure if that's due to food inflation and vendors choosing to not participate with the increased costs to provide all of the food samples or some other reason.  If this keeps up, they're going to have to change the name of the event to Boozefest.

 They have contests for the best beer, the best margarita, and my personal favorite, the best Bloody Mary.  This competitor gave quite the selection of snacks along with their drink so they earned our vote.

Kurvball was one of the big sponsors this year advertising their newly released BBQ Whiskey.  It's whiskey that tastes like it's been infused with BBQ sauce.  It tastes much better than it sounds.

Despite the fact that it was 90 degrees for the 3 plus hours we were there, we had a bunch of fun.  Some like it hot!

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