I ran the 5k in Saturday morning, collected my race T-shirt and wrist band that got me into the festival and a free beer only to find that the festival didn't open for another 3 hours.
Cindy, Skye and I headed back several hours later. The walk was a bit longer and the event was much more crowded than any of us imagined. Regardless we paid for our wristbands, yes, I somehow managed to lose mine, but hey it's for a good cause.
We grabbed a couple of beers and then we both realized that we had all just committed that morning to trying to trim down a bit. As we looked around at the food, typical fair food, not at all conducive to losing weight, scanned the packed crowds and saw how bored our 13 year old daughter was, we agreed that under different circumstances we all might be having a better time.
The one area where there was no crowd at all, was the area with the Environmental Awareness tents. I spotted a sign for biochar, which is something I had heard a little bit about but was certainly interested in learning more about.
They (bioponica.org)were using biochar, (really another name for charcoal when it is used for particular purpose, such as a soil amendment) in re-circulating water and soil-less garden beds, similar to hydroponics and aquaponics, but a little different.
So that was cool.
We went to the Kids Zone which was for kids not teens. The Circus School tent was pretty much about face painting. Again not for a teen, especially one there just with her parents.
So when I showed them an escape out the back of the festival where we could avoid going through the crowds, they went for it.
We were probably at the festival for less than an hour.
I had started my fitness routine again and showed tremendous restraint in the caloric kingdom and the thing I was most interested in at the festival was at 2 pm on Sunday. Cindy wanted to go into the office to do a little catch up work and Skye, well any excuse to not be under parental authority; so I was cleared to go and enjoy the Cask Ale Tasting.
Willy Wonka Starts Playing with Beer
Yes, "Nuttin' Butter" tasted like peanut butter, not a little, a lot, it was like drinking a peanut butter beer, which is amazing in a "wow, that's pretty crazy" kind of way, but not something that you want to have too much of, which is why the 5 oz. samplers were perfect. Grab all 5 for $15 and it is a bargain and a trip for the taste sensations.
Chubby Chocolate Bunny tasted like chocolate and seemed like chubbiness would be the outcome.
The juice beer, tasted, yes like a fruit beer, which I don't like and didn't like so much this time around either.
The King Pin which was an IPA with hop additions and black pepper was by far my favorite.
That said, so glad to have sampled the rest, a bunch of Everlasting Gobstoppers, as far as beers go.
Just as I was finishing my last fermented fantasy brew, I saw a friend from the West Coast, who like so many of us in the film business, finds himself everyplace but home.
He actually stayed with us for a while when he worked in LA; he's from San Francisco. And he and his family returned the favor when Skye and I were racing in one of those Urban Dare/ Great Urban Challenges, can't remember.
Anyway ran into him and a couple of his co-workers and hung out for awhile before grabbing a couple of "local" and delicious fish tacos and then sliding out before I got into trouble, caloricly or .....
Jumped on my bicycle and pedaled on home, burning off a few of my indulgences.