Where were you on April 5th, 2014? Were you sitting at home watching TV with your family? Maybe grilling outside for out-of-town company? Hitting the streets of San Antonio or Austin for the best restaurants or shopping districts? Well, if you were doing any of these things you missed out on one great party in the center of beautiful San Marcos, Texas!
FOODSTOCK is a tri-annual event benefiting the Hays County Food Bank, and this year’s string of festivals kicked off with a bang! This was the biggest and best of all, and we just know it’s only going up from here.
Korey Kelly, the wonderfully energetic Master of Ceremony, gave announcements and introductions throughout the entire event and kept the crowd thoroughly entertained. He even gave a first-hand account of the Pie Eating Competition, although unfortunately, he did no eat his pie quick enough to win one of the fabulous trophies donated by Great Big Signs.
Three Grand Prizes were given away for the best pie, fastest pie eater, and most canned food items donated. Pam Dever won Best Pie in the ‘Bake for the Bank’ Competition with her most delicious Blueberry Cream Pie. Jeff Natal from Little Guys Movers won the Pie Eating Contest by devouring an entire blueberry pie the fastest! AAA Self Storage took the coveted Can Do Food Drive Trophy from Little Guys Movers this year, and will now get to keep the trophy, at least until July 26th when they will have to work to keep their title.
There was also a dunking booth at FOODSTOCK that was an absolute hit. If you got to the festival early enough you had the chance to dunk San Marcos City Council member, Mr. Jude Prather, or even the Sun god himself, seen often at Tantra and the Courthouse Lawn.
A little ways down the path you could visit the FOODSTOCK game area . There was a giant, inflatable obstacle course that was every kids’ dream, a putting area, washers, ladder ball, and an apple tossing game to name a few.
If you walked a bit past the games you find yourself surrounded by beautiful works of art that were available to purchase as well as admire. The Katherine Anne Porter School brought many young artists, and one of my personal favorites was their Empty Bowl Project. For a small price you could purchase an artfully crafted, colorful bowl and they would fill it with fresh fruit for you to snack on while you wandered around the rest of the festival.
Next stop was the vendor booths. Paper Bear offered many different types of eclectic gifts and Tuttle’s was there to quench your thirst, satisfy your popcorn craving, or supply you with some giant wood cutters. You could also stop to get a bunny kiss from H.E.A.T., pick up a hot dog from the Texas State Reading Council, or a nutritious, organic tamale from The Gardener’s Feast.
After you had made your purchases and grabbed a little snack you could set up some lawn chairs or spread out a blanket and relax on the lawn while listening to some wonderful music. Chief and thedoomsdaydevice started the day off with some great jams from his table, and next came the Texas State Gospel Choir. These guys were fantastic, and everyone could feel their feet tapping along with their great beats. Wood & Wire came on after them and rocked the lawn with their innovative sounds of Bluegrass mixed with Swing and Americana. Terri Hendrix, with Lloyd Maines, was the feature and final performer and they were absolutely wonderful. Did you know that for a short time she had her song “Acre of Land” available for download and all money she made on it went straight to your local Hays County Food Bank? Terri has such a generous and giving soul and loves to help out those she can.
So needless to say, FOODSTOCK was a huge success as well as so much FUN! We hope to see you at our next one that will be at the Courthouse Lawn again on July 26th! So start preparing your homemade salsas for competition, dust off your dancing shoes, and plan to have an amazing time at FOODSTOCK #7!