Post-Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest, we were channel-surfing at the Blind Bear. Bad Stepdaddy Pounded Her 4 was on. Random fact about me: I am not a big movie person and have not seen Bad Stepdaddy Pounded Her 1, 2, or 3. If Cerrito Trivia ever does a Bad Stepdaddy Pounded Her movie trivia night, don’t bother asking me to join your team. I will be useless.
It’s time to look ahead to this weekend’s festivals! Although the calendar is not as crowded as this past weekend, there are some good ones. The 36th annual Southaven Springfest happens at Snowden Grove Park this weekend. 38 Special will headline Friday night, and Loverboy plays Saturday night.
“Wait a minute,” you’re probably thinking. “Why is the Downtown blogger writing about a festival in Mississippi?” Valid question. The reason is that part of Springfest is a regional BBQ event, and guess who will be cooking? The Moody Ques! We are one of 39 shoulder teams entered, and we are aiming at a second Top 10 finish in the month of April. If you go to Springfest, be sure to stop by and see us!
Closer to home, the Southern Hot Wing Festival will happen on Riverside Drive Saturday. Cooking teams compete for the chance to become Grand Champion and win $5000. You can sample teams’ wings for a couple bucks’ donation to the Ronald McDonald House. Be sure to stop by and see my friends at Jack Pirtle’s who are sponsoring the event. There will be live entertainment on three stages, headlined by Black Oak Arkansas. The Moody Ques are not competing in this event but my friends on Squeal Street BBQ are, so I will try to stop by.
Sunday is one of the most debaucherous days of the year, Beale Street Wine Race. Teams from local restaurants and bars will compete in an opening parade, Queen of the Vine, a grape stomping competition, and four-person wine relays. The absolute can’t-miss event is Queen of the Vine which will happen around 1 in Handy Park. Many Call-a-Cabs are consumed over the course of the afternoon. I will be cheering for the Blind Bear of course, with my favorite pair of librarian glasses competing for Queen and B-RAD getting off work at 1:30 to come join the fun.
Check out One901’s recap of Memphis Brewfest. I was busy down on the south side and didn’t make it to Brewfest this year, but it sounds like a really good time was had by all.
Loflin Yard is hosting Silent Disco in the Coach House Saturday night from 10 PM to 1 AM.
The annual Bark in the Park, the day when you can purchase a special ticket and bring your dog to see the Redbirds, is this Sunday. I usually don’t go to this event because it’s always the same day as Wine Race, and watching near-naked women shake their stuff at Handy Park sounds better than watching baseball. Also, I don’t have a dog.
Memphis’ original beer, Goldcrest 51, is now available in cans.
That’s it for now. Possibly a second post later.