We went to an art festival this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the artists and looking at all their creative work.
There where a couple of BBQ restaurants/caterers serving a limited menu. Being the Avant-Garde, bohemian adventurer that I am I ordered a pulled pork sandwich from each of the businesses represented.
If the food at the fair was an attempt to compel me to visit their restaurants all I can say is "big mistake". Why would someone put their name on a product they could not have been proud of? The pulled pork was generally served barely warm, sunken into a sticky, wet bun and covered with a sickeningly sweet BBQ sauce. There was no "bark" or smoke taste in the sandwiches my wife and I shared.
I did notice that the primary means of advertising the presence of a BBQ booth was the thick white cloud surrounding the smokers and cooking crew. I can't imagine they used green wood in the smokers but I don't see how you could get that thick smoke from properly dried wood. Not meaning to bitch, we had a great time, just posting the observation that maybe you shouldn't order BBQ at an Art festival.
How often do you guys expect to get good food at a street fair. We have had above average food at the Jazz and Heritage Festival but from the scores of festivals I have visited over the years I can count on a single hand the number of times that I thought the food was above average. In your neck of the woods what festival would you recommend to the Chow Hound planning a visit to your town?