10.05.2011 Chomp & Stomp + The Bush Pilots

Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff: Mmmm…Chili cookoff… Along with a few thousand other Atlantians, I went to the Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff in Cabbagetown. Chili, Music, People, Artists, and lots and lots of waiting in lines.

I had a blast, and it was a fine day for standing around in a line in a park listening to Live Bluegrass. All the chili was great, what little of it I had…I waited in so many lines most of the chili was gone by the time I even got a quarter of the way through…and I was there early! I was jealous of seeing some folks walking around with a stack of 20+ cups, while I had less than 10. These were generally the drunken folks who push their way to the front..but it was all in good chili!

I met some awesome folks, saw some old friends, and made some new ones! All-in-all a good day. Afterwards, I had to go home and rest up for The Bush Pilots show!


Johnny Roquemore & The Apostles of Bluesgrass @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Johnny Roquemore & The Apostles of Bluesgrass @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Johnny Roquemore & The Apostles of Bluesgrass @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chili Chef @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Squirrel Chili @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chris Hobe @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Amelia Netto @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Katie Renkes @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Frets on Fire @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Frets on Fire @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Frets on Fire @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chuk Vinson @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Crowd @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff

These are the different chills I got to taste.


Chomp & Stomp @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chomp & Stomp @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chomp & Stomp @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chomp & Stomp @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff

…and this is the booth that prevented me from trying more chili. These were the winners from a few years ago, and their booth was PACKED! I waited for half an hour in line only to have them run out of cups as I get to the front. Trying to handle my camera and chili was difficult, so I had been throwing my cups away. People started throwing their cups over me so they could get chili…I waited for a while and left angry and hungry. I’d wasted about 40 minutes at one booth…as I left most of the booths were running out. I got to try 2 more samples and left defeated and wanting to drink. We went and waited another half hour for some beer.


Korean BBQ Chili @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chomp & Stomp @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Angry Monkey Chili @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff

I met Bertha Wise and her friends while walking through one of the neighborhoods. She invited us into her lovely backyard hangout spot complete with umbrella tables and water fountains. We had a great time and hung out for at least an hour before heading back to the festival.


Bertha Wise Jr @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Bertha and Friends @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Stevie Tombstone @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff

I didn’t get enough chili, so I went and tried out the Chicken and Waffle truck. Not bad, they were very good chicken fingers…but I was more expecting some fried chicken wrapped up in a waffle.


FryGuy Food Truck @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Chicken & Waffles @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff


Street Performers @ Chomp & Stomp Chili Cookoff

The Bush Pilots: I was pretty exhausted from walking around all day and drinking beer. I went home for a quick rest and then headed up to Darwin’s. Joe Clover is awesome! He’s one of the nicest guys around and has put together an amazing group of musicians. They put on an awesome show as always!


The Bush Pilots @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


The Bush Pilots @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


The Bush Pilots @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


The Bush Pilots @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


The Bush Pilots @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


Darwin’s Regulars @ Darwin’s Burgers and Blues


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