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Published: June 18th 2011
Dillon Farmers MarketFriday 17th June 2011
Not really farmers, rather small enterprises.
Today we spent the early morning at the Dillon's Farmers' Market. This had stalls along a street, mainly selling various types of home produce such as breads, cookies, sausages and hamburgers. As we'd only had breakfast an hour or so beforehand we weren't too keen to sample them.
They also had the usual stalls of different crafts and art, Judy finding an interesting set of wine glass 'identifiers'. We purchased 8 of these to use at our next dinner party or when we have a group who need to keep track of their glass.
From here we continued on to Frisco, driving across the Dillon Dam to park at the bus transfer station there. Here we caught one of their free buses (all bus services in this county are free) to be dropped off in Frisco.
Today was Day 1 of the 18th annual BBQ Challenge, a 3 day event here. During this time nearly 40 bbq vendors sell their product, the public voting for them to find who makes the best bbq food. We sampled a few of these but all along the street there were stalls selling bbq chicken, pork butt,
ribs and beef brisket with their own special sauces. As well we saw stalls selling sweet corn cooked in different ways, wine & beer vendors, plus various types of sweets.
As well as the stalls there were bands performing here and there, plus every hour they held pig races. We watched one of these races, where 4 pigs run around a set course, the reward for the winner being an Oreo biscuit. The kids were involved by 4 being chosen to match each pig, the winner getting a whole packet of Oreos. A unique race for us and very entertaining.
We tried stuffed chilli wrapped in bacon, 'pulled' brisket, potato ribbons - ribbons of potato deep fried & covered in melted cheese & chilli flakes, pork rib, margarita and a dark ale. This satiated any hunger we may have had. We ate our potato dish in a little park by the side of the main street (aptly named Main Street) at the same time being entertained by a band playing good foot-tapping music.
Whilst we had our lunch we noticed that clouds were building up and by the time we got up to leave , the heavens
Loud music & fun staff made this stall stand out.
opened. We found refuge in a shop, the owners quite happy for us to do so, and just as the rain eased Judy spotted the arrival of a shuttle bus. On entering the driver told us he wasn't an official shuttle, instead he was employed by a hotel. Never-the- less he told us to climb aboard, he would make a detour for us! He dropped us and another couple right next to our vehicles, we gratefully dropping him a tip.
A detour on the way back to the condo saw us at the Outlet Stores where Judy was able to exchange something she had bought a few days ago, we both picked up some more 'bargains', as well as another suitcase to take everything home.
The rest of the day was spent in the condo reading and generally relaxing.
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