[Spit-Project] Gulf Wars BBQ competition - sigh

gail young gwynethb63 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 19 16:28:33 PST 2009

Your Majesty...how about we research a period barbq for the Ansteorran team?
Any ideas out there?  I've done many feasts cooking the meat on a pit..what are the rules of the competition?

From: Michael Gunter <countgunthar at hotmail.com>
To: spit-project at lists.ansteorra.org; Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 10:12:38 AM
Subject: [Spit-Project] Gulf Wars BBQ competition - sigh

So we have been informed of a Barbecue competition to be held
at Gulf Wars. They want the Royals to be judges in addition to a
"Bean Drop" populace vote.

There has even been talk of Food Network coming out to film it.

Um...why is my head about to explode?

I know the people involved have put a lot of work into this and think
it will a really fun event. But it just makes me twitch. Especially the
Food Network thing. That's all we need to continue the stereotype
that the SCA is nothing more than a trumped up Rennfaire who doesn't
even attempt at historic accuracy. What is next? A turkey leg competition?

And, yes, I do know that Ansteorra is hosting a Chili Night party the same as
we have done at Pennsic for years. But I consider that a totally different 
animal. We are having a fun "Texas theme" party in our camp. Yes, it again
presents a stereotype that you can't have fun and be Medieval. But at least
it is a gift given to the camp attendees. We know chili isn't period but neither
are Hawaiian luaus or any of the other rather silly parties that groups host.

We aren't having a chili competition. That's the difference. If a group was
having a party and giving barbecue to the masses, we wouldn't really have
a problem with it. Although I would someday love to have a big kingdom
party and serve beer, ale, wine, cider and period munchies. Just to show you
can actually enjoy period fare. 

I will probably get into trouble for posting this rant because as King I need to
support my people. But as a Cooking Laurel I'm feeling terribly squicky about
the whole thing.

Now, wet chemise competitions? THAT'S entertainment!

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