Last weekend I was honored to have been a judge at The Taste, a food and beer Festival held in Liberty Park in Inverness, Florida.
What a wonderful event and experience. There were delicious restaurants and food trucks, live music, a beer experience (which was new this year and I am sure a keeper!), and a cooking competition, all in beautiful Liberty Park, which is right on the Withlacoochee State Trail and Lake Henderson.
On to the cooking competition! All I can say is WOW and were we full! We had so many yummy dishes to judge and it was a close race. Here are the winning dishes:
Barbeque: Brisket Special by Barn Goddess BBQ
Chef’s Specialty: Butternut Squash Ravioli by Cattle Dog Roasters
Chicken: Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich by Barn Goddess BBQ
Dessert: Bread Pudding by The Cove/Pine Street Pub
Sandwich: Bacon Infused Pimento Cheese with Crab by Barn Goddess BBQ
Seafood: Lobster Macaroni and Cheese by The Cove/Pine Street Pub
Steak: Bone-in Ribeye with Bacon Jam and Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Barn Goddess BBQ
Popular Vote: Pretzel Pizza Pockets/Bites by OMG Pretzel Bites
Be sure to keep this event on your radar…you will not be disappointed. And if you happen upon one of the participants in the cooking competition either at another event or at their store front/restaurant/food truck, RUN, don’t walk, to taste their delicious food for yourself.
Food photos courtesy of City of Inverness, Florida.