July 31, 2014

1st FXBG Sandwich Invitational

Last week, I read in the local paper about an event called the 1st FXBG Sandwich Invitational.  This was right up my alley.  I wanted to go and try all the little sammiches from local town eateries.  
I paid $25 for my ticket.  I couldn't wait to go.  The tickets sold out.  (250)  The event was this evening.

I left from work and walked to the park where the event was being held.  It was just a few blocks away.  I arrived about 20 minutes before the gate opened.  I waited with all the other early foodies who were eager to try the food.  Here's some of the places still setting up.

Right at 6pm, the gate opened and we all went in to try the food.  I went to the back to start.  I wanted to try FoodE first.  I found it and then got in line.  There were only 2 people ahead of me.

I found an empty chair with a married couple.  They were really nice.  I asked if I could sit with them and they said yes.  :)

Pork Slider
Ginger Basil Lemonade

"Krustenbraten Slider" 

Pretzel bun
Braised pork belly
crispy onions

Mini Meatloaf Sandwich
Mint Sweet Tea

"Big Bad Wolf Burger"

Slow smoked pulled pork, baked brie, broc slaw, with a coffee bourbon reduction.

Pretzel Bun

Presentation was awesome.  I did have to wait a while in line for this to be prepared.

Judges table

Live Band

Some of the crowd.

"Katmandu Sandwich"

Homemade Croissant
Tender Roasted Chicken
Peach Ginger Tea

Mexican Wrap Sandwich
Carrot, pineapple juice

"Maui Wowi Sandwich"

VA Baked Ham
Pineapple Jam

Paul's Bakery and Sprelly"

Spronut  (left)

Blackstone Coffee Company was giving out samples of their teas.

They also offered some food samples.

Cuban Slider
Lemon Zucchini Bread

The popcorn bag gave out some samples too.  I didn't stop there.
There were other vendors set up too but I didn't check them out.

Everything was tasty and it was so fun.  I don't know how Padma does it eating and trying all sorts of food on Top Chef.  I was so stuffed by the time I left.  WHEW!  :)

I had 2 favorites.  FoodE and Sprelly.  I walked up to the judges table and dropped my vote tag into a jar.   I voted for my favorite sandwich, which was FoodE but Sprelly was a very close 2nd.

I then walked back to the station to my car.  Here's another picture of the park as I was walking by.

I'm happy to say the FoodE won!!!  And people's choice ended up going to Sprelly.   Yay!!  My top 2 won!  :)  FoodE got a check for $750 for being 'Sandwich King' and Sprelly won $500 for "People's Choice".  I hope this is done again in the future.  It would be fun to go with friends next time.

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