Thursday afternoon. Main Street is closed, and bikers and pedestrians meander right down the middle of the road. Vendors are setting up. There is a feeling of anticipation in the air along with the first scents of barbecue cooking.
This is one of my favorite times of the year here in Frisco. Okay, I have a lot of favorite times of the year, but I think what I enjoy so much about the Frisco BBQ Challenge is that it represents the beginning of the summer season. Things have been relatively quiet since school got out, but this event kicks off the summer every year with a bang.
The BBQ Challenge, in all its madness, somehow feels like what a simple, small town event should be. Walk down the middle of the street, take your time, take it all in. Cool off with a lemonade, some ice cream or a cold beer. Sample BBQ and other delicious foods from a bunch of different vendors lining the streets. See old friends and meet new ones. Sit a while and savor your food and drink at the Historic Park. Just relax and take it all in--the people watching is hard to beat.
There are plenty of events going on each day as well. From chef demonstrations to pig races to lots and lots of live music, you won't lack for entertainment. Then, when everything winds down at 6 pm on Saturday, several local restaurants are holding a special happy hour from 6-8 pm. Many of our Main Street restaurants have lovely patios or decks to sit and have a drink and a bite to eat as the day cools off.
If you're in town on Friday and/or Saturday, and you happen to get the opportunity to come back on Sunday, I have to recommend that experience as well. I am always shocked by the difference between what the place looks like when I leave on Saturday evening and when I return again on Sunday morning. The cleanup efforts are truly impressive. On Sunday, Main Street Frisco is transformed back into its normal adorable self.
Oh, the other thing I like about the Frisco BBQ Challenge is all the wonderful smells that waft into our shop. And the food, of course! This year I am strategizing to eat as much BBQ as possible. I am vegetarian about 90 percent of the time--but not during BBQ! I'm thinking brisket for lunch, chicken for dinner maybe? Hmmm...decisions...
Hope to see you here!