Looks like Aaron Franklin of Franklin BBQ is going to be on the scene at this year’s Texas Eggfest held at Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas on April 25th and 26th. The century old event and camping facility lies directly across from the Salt Lick BBQ restaurant, and boasts two beautiful rustic covered pavilions, with tons of picnic tables and lots of shaded areas. As with many BBQ events around the nation, the Texas Eggfest has a charity component. Keg beer will be provided free, with attendees encouraged to consider a $1 donation to benefit the Leukemia Society.
Cooking at a Big Green Egg Eggfest is serious business. If you’re not sure you have the skills required to turn out masterful products from your Big Green Egg, then you should hold off and attend instead as a taster. But not to worry, if you need some more BGE Jedi Training, there’s plenty of that for you on hand at the Texas Big Green Egg Eggfest. As an article in The Thread Austin puts it:
[The Big Green Egg Texas Eggfest] event also does its best to educate attendees through its segment, “Texas Eggfest University”. The segment usually involves 5 cooking classes in which Eggfest-goers can sit down, take a break from sampling food, and watch a live cooking demonstration on a Big Green Egg.
This year’s roster is particularly phenomenal. BBQ Gods Kent Rathbun of Jasper’s and Iron Chef America and ATX’s very own, Aaron Franklin, of Franklin’s BBQ are confirmed as instructors and we couldn’t be more excited.
Aaron Franklin’s instructional segment will be held on Saturday April 26th at 1:00 PM and will cover “Beef and Sides.” If you know anything about Franklin BBQ and the product Aaron produces from his place in Austin, Texas – you know that this session is a must get to event.
To get a sense of what Franklin BBQ’s goodness is all about, check out this video segment showing Anthony Bourdain sitting with Daniel Vaughn, BBQ Editor for Texas Monthly.
Here’s a bit more about the Texas Eggfest University and what it has to offer up this year as part of this year’s Texas Eggfest:
Though the Eggheads cooking is the heart of the Festival, Texas Eggfest University is definitely the brains! In between sampling the smorgasbord of food samples at the festival, attendees can also sit and watch some of their favorite foods being prepared by celebrity pitmasters. This year’s segment will feature 5 classes with a very impressive list of instructors. Line up is as follows (subject to change):
- [10:00] – Matt Pittman (BBQ Pit Masters Season 6 Contestant) – Cobbler
- [11:00] – Chris Randall and Bob Carroll – (Former Executive Chef of Laundry Steamboat Springs and Owner of BBQ Outfitters) – Egg 101
- [12:00] – John Stepan (Cabo Bob’s) – Seafood Flatbread Pizzas
- [1:00] – Aaron Franklin (Franklin’s BBQ and two many other credits to list!) – Beef & Sides
- [2:00] – Kent Rathbun (Iron Chef America Contestant and Founder of Jasper’s and Abacus) -BBQ Chicken
What Is a Big Green Egg “Egg Fest?”
If you’re not real familiar with the Big Green Egg culture, a “primer” of sorts may be in order. So, here’s a basic rundown of what an Eggfest actually is.
Egg Fests for Big Green Egg enthusiasts are regional cooking events typically held over a Friday and Saturday where various cooks sign up to present their creations using the BGE kamado style cooker. As you may know, Big Green Egg cookers were first introduced out of the Atlanta, Georgia area – where their headquarters is now located. Each year, the company says “thank you” to its huge BGE fan base by hosting an event called “Eggtoberfest.” It is this event that spawned the numerous local Eggfests that now take place during the months leading up to the annual main event.
Big Green Egg – Eggtoberfest
EGGtoberfest is an annual event held in Atlanta each October. The fest originated in 1998 as a way for Big Green Egg to say “Thank You” to loyal customers that regularly logged on to the Forum to chat and share recipes and experiences and found themselves becoming fast friends. Many were eager to meet their online “family” and EGGtoberfest provided the opportunity to get together and cook their favorite recipes on the EGG. The first year, about 100 Big Green Egg pioneers attended the cookout at the American Legion Hall in Atlanta, with 15 cooks firing up an EGG. The meet, greet and eat event turned into the First Annual EGGtoberfest, which was considered a big success.
Big Green Eggtoberfest 2013 – A Primer for What 2014 Has In Store
Here’s a video that should give you a good feel for what an Eggtoberfest has to offer:
The Annual EGGtoberfest has grown to a fun-filled weekend celebration where more than 200 EGGs are fired up by new and experienced EGGheads to feed the enthusiastic crowd of over 3000 people. Spectacular fare can range from moose kabobs (the result of a successful Maine hunt) and a roasted whole fresh Alaskan salmon (caught, brought and cooked by an Alaska EGG owner) to exotic breakfast dishes, peach cobblers, grilled pineapple, rum soaked apple cake, smoked turkey necks, barbecued meatloaf and many versions of the more traditional pulled pork, fallin’-off-the-bone ribs, spicy sausages, juicy beef brisket, crispy pizza and just about any other food that you can imagine.
This festive annual family-oriented event also provides an opportunity for someone thinking about buying an EGG to see firsthand the versatility of the intriguing ceramic cooker. The EGGs that are cooked on are sold afterwards; a number of lucky purchasers can take one home at day’s end.
Looking for an Eggfest In Your Area?
If you are interested in attending one of the regional Big Green Egg “Eggfest” celebrations about the country, head over to the main Big Green Egg website and check the Eggfest link.