During my trip home to San Francisco this week, my dad and I made a trip up to Reno for some family business. We were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed by the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off right in front of our hotel! It was named “Best BBQ Festival” by USA Today Top 10 Readers’ Choice for 2016, and with good reason. Though we’re transitioning to fall, the weather was perfect for a sunny street festival! Read on for five things to love about this bbq cook-off!
1. Award-Winning BBQ
BBQ venues from across the country gathered with their best food on-hand, along with their trophies and giant signs listing past awards won. Chicago BBQ caught our eye, and we got the brisket sandwich and rib sampler. They were truly delicious!
I added the sweet and sassy sauce, but I’m sure it would be just as delicious without any sauce!
How fun are these soft serves?! My dad was in the mood for ice cream, and we finally found an ice cream booth which accepted credit cards (the ice cream pushcarts were all cash-only). There were tons of flavors available which are reflected in the ice cream accent color – how cool! My dad got the peach, which tasted just like those peach ring candies. I got the green apple which was really scrumptious as well! You can see where I get my sweet tooth from!
This is a caramel “fookie” – a fudge cookie!
These marshmallow coated apples were not playing around!
Apple pie apples – yum!
3. Theme Park Rides
My dad and I went down this epic slide! This was really cool because my dad would always take me to theme parks, so it was a great blast from the past! There were other great rides too, like that spinning one where the floor drops out, a small roller coaster, and a ferris wheel.
4. Other Snacks
Pretty cool to see the popcorn being made.
Caramel puffed popcorn!
This still perplexes me – some sort of potato chip pie??
Believe it or not, these are caramel flavors. The key lime was really interesting and gave it a cool citrus twist.
5. Boutique Booths
It’s great to stroll through the different boutique booths. I especially liked these cute rustic donkeys and outdoor sculptures.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the Reno Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Though not listed, there was also a stage with live music and an eating competition which took place before we got there – so cool! Street festivals like these are a great way to get the community and visitors together, eating good food and having fun!
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