One Month Until MAGTAG 2009!
Time to start thinking about what you intend to contribute (besides tomatoes, of course).
This weekend I will look through the leftover supplies from last year's event, and see what we can still use.
As usual, I will run the BLT Bar. I'm taking a vacation day 8/21 to nuke several pounds of bacon. Like last year, he bar will include various types of bread, mayo (Duke's if I can still find it), olive oil, basil, romaine and iceberg lettuce, and several types of cheese. I will probably need extra tomatoes, though (help, Mr. Flynn!). If you have any special requests, like other condiments or turkey/soy bacon, please let me know.
I'll also supply soap for the restrooms and hand sanitizer for the portable potty. As usual, I will provide directional signs/posters. Greg F., do your kids want to do the tip jar this year?
My DH Dave has once again offered his grilling services, if sombody provides stuff for him to grill. Perhaps Dave and Greg M can tag-team again this year. If you are a vegetarian or have other special dietary needs, and would like something like veggie burgers or tofu dogs, please bring them.
I will provide wine and leave the beer to the brewmeisters.
And since my Dad, Edwin R. Strakna, will be 87 on 8/23, Dave is buying a "Mobtown Brown" pie (that's the MD version of a Derby Pie - the name "Derby" is patented) and a fruit pie from Dangerously Delicious in Baltimore (here's a shameless plug for Rodney Henry, who runs the place, and whose motto is "Rock 'n' Roll and Pies"-www.dangerouspies.com)
I intend to continue last year's tradition of presenting the person/group who has traveled the farthest with a can Maryland's most famous condiment, Old Bay Seafood Seasoning.
Which reminds me - the Mid-Atlantic covers a large area, approximately from Southern NY to Southern VA. I know that the official Chesapeake Watershed goes as far north as western PA, since Dave and I see the signs when we take the turnpike to Somerset to visit his family. We don't want this to be purely a DC/Balto./Beltway festival. If you have any "signature" local favorites (tomatoes, dishes, etc.), by all means include them! (After all, everybody has heard of the mythical Jersey tomato.)
I thought that Greg F.'s "penny jar" method of tallying votes for the tasting competition worked pretty well last year. If I recall correctly, the only problem was that latecomers (like Bluekat with her magnificent assortment of 'maters) received fewer votes than earlybirds (like that dastardly Mr. Flynn). Should we specify a time for actual votes (not necessarily actual tasting)? Any other comments/ideas?
Lastly, you are all encouraged to bring any fruits of your harvest to the tasting, no matter how meager. We MUST end Greg Flynn's stranglehold on all the prizes.
Sorry for the rambling post. Happy gardening!