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11 Oct

Contest Poll: The 2011 Grokfeast Challenge

I’d like to thank the 13 groups who participated in the Grokfeast Challenge this year. Your level of creativity, commitment, and enthusiasm serves as a hallmark for Primal living at its best. It’s been an immense pleasure reading and publishing your experiences on Mark’s Daily Apple.

As good as they all were, only one group can win the cow. One more shout out to US Wellness, who is donating all the grass-fed beef. If you ever want to take your beef eating to the next level, hit up their newsletter and join the grass-fed revolution.

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Congrats to those that participated in and submitted the Grokfeast in San Antonio, Texas. Grok on!

OK, now on to business. Below are the three finalists. I’ve posted the finalists’ videos, but please click through to the individual posts before voting. Check out the recipes and read their stories. Then vote on the Grokfeasters who you believe best captured the spirit of going Primal. You have until Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. PST to vote.

Vote for the Winner of the 2011 Grokfeast Contest

  • Grokfeast in San Antonio, Texas (47%, 620 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in North Carolina (39%, 515 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in St. Louis, Missouri (14%, 193 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,328

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Grokfeast in San Antonio, Texas

Grokfeast in St. Louis, Missouri

Grokfeast in North Carolina


You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Maybe it’s just me but there seemed to be a lack of last years enthusiasm this year.I know my own Grokfeast was thwarted by total lack of interest by others I couldn’t find! I had a pig and a pit ready to go and everything? Bummer,

    Robert wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • i vote nc.

      bryce wrote on October 12th, 2011
  2. They’re all great! Hmm.

    The San Antonio one makes me laugh. A lot. Very creative! I gotta vote for this one.

    Clever exercises in the St. Louis one, love the log trial.

    I think the North Carolina one has more of the primal “party” aspect to it that would be more popular. OTOH I would’ve liked it more if it were more video and less photo-based.

    Jen wrote on October 11th, 2011
  3. I vote for North Carolina. Awesome Video

    Cindy Chauvie wrote on October 11th, 2011
  4. Wow. San Antonio did such a great job. I love that they involved so many families. AWESOME!

    erin wrote on October 11th, 2011
  5. NC that’s awesome! Can’t get much more primal than the beach. And munching the Jalepeno! OMG!

    David wrote on October 11th, 2011
  6. The WOB Grokfest!! Hands down the BEST fest video! Creative, genuine, entertaining, primal!

    GROK-ON!

    Liz M wrote on October 11th, 2011
  7. Texas one rocks… was happy about that! Made me laugh at the end lol…

    -Tim

    Tim wrote on October 11th, 2011
  8. I LOVE the texas one. Looks like they had a lot of fun and I enjoyed the movie too!

    I would have loved to do a Grok feast (even if I don’t really need the cow; I have my own to butcher next month!) but I was traveling during most of the challenge and it just wasn’t gonna happen. :(

    Noctiluca wrote on October 11th, 2011
  9. GO NORTH CAROLINA!!!!!!!

    Jan Rosenberg wrote on October 11th, 2011
  10. GO NORTH CAROLINA

    Jan Rosenberg wrote on October 11th, 2011
  11. The San Antonio video was so clever and original, I just had to vote for it. Plus, those kids really did look like cavemen, or cavekids. I loved that they involved the whole family. I don’t think there have been any other winners from the videos (recipe and workout videos) that involved kids, so they got points for incorporating the wee-groks.

    Honorable mention goes to North Carolina. This fest reminded me of last year’s winner, with the exception of some really clever games, like the human catepillar and four-square pushups!

    Phoebe wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Actually, I’d disagree about the wee-groks. The kids have literally no idea what’s going on, they don’t read or follow the PB, and they don’t spread the ideas on the internet. While they are cute, they don’t do much to spread the word of the PB, not to mention that their parents were probably giving them off-camera Cheerios and crumb cakes to keep them cooperating. And half of the group is wearing shoes that don’t match their sarcastic outfits the whole time in the video. I voted for North Carolina because they didn’t make fun of the PB, exploit children, or use any fake accents. Seems those NC guys and gals actually strive to live a primal lifestyle, and the San Antonio group just mocks it.

      Lea wrote on October 13th, 2011
  12. oh it’s so close! I want to be friends with all of those in North Carolina. Any chance you want to collectively move to guatemala?

    Abigaillyn wrote on October 11th, 2011
  13. NC!!! I don’t know if this counts as the vote or not!

    Jessica wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • nope! gotta submit a vote via the poll up there ^^

      David wrote on October 11th, 2011
  14. I am part of the NC Grokfeast! It was the time of my life and a way of life I am proud to be introduced to. On a sad not I was LITERALLY ran over by a truck, hit and run accident in KY on 10/8/11. If I could attach a picture of the tire tracks on my back I would. Anyways I’m alive w/ minor injuries (lucky I guess) and would love to rejoin my WOB/NC friends again, feasting over a COW! Let’s see how lucky I am, help us WOB-lers WIN a COW! Go NC! I couldn’t make this up if I tried!

    Sarah Branam wrote on October 11th, 2011
  15. i vote for Grokfeast North Carolina

    cherry wrote on October 11th, 2011
  16. Thank you for the votes and the encouragement! Involving our whole families in the creative and playful process was an amazing experience. I can’t really describe how much fun playing and acting with our kids really was. I recommend a that everyone gather friends around a meal and try acting an adventurous story with the kids.

    Today is Dana’s birthday (the huntress saving our stone-carrying friend from a lion), and winning a cow and being forced to hold another party would be an amazing present!

    April wrote on October 12th, 2011
  17. i vote north carolina

    k wrote on October 12th, 2011
  18. I vote for North Carolina! The others were entertaining and all, but this shows how fun and practical primal can be today instead of just making caveman jokes. And the original music is cool!

    Zim wrote on October 12th, 2011
  19. WOW.. Those Texans are crazy… That was a great Video from San Antonio, TX… Good Luck!!!!

    Magda wrote on October 12th, 2011
  20. The North Carolina video was the best!

    kirsten wrote on October 12th, 2011
  21. I have to be honest and say I am not that impressed with this years entries. You would have to take parts of each video to make an good grokfeast. I loved the moving of the logs and having to chuck them over the fence. But I did spot a hot dog on a bun in the St Louis video, as well as a Monster energy drink in the background of NC’s video.

    IMHO, none of the videos wholly exemplify primal living…even if just for a day. Need to set myself up for an entry next year.

    Chris wrote on October 12th, 2011
    • Yes…a gluten-free bun. Glad SOMEone watched the video close enough to even notice…lol. The farmer wanted to contribute to the feast and brought out his birthday cake — German chocolate. We were primal (rude) enough to decline.

      Laura wrote on October 12th, 2011
  22. My family was in the St Louis video and it was an amazing day. A wonderful experience. Thanks for the opportunity to get together with our primal friends.

    I’ll take the heat for the bun, still transitioning my kids and that was a gluten free bun for my little girl. ;)

    Looking forward to doing it again next year!

    Laci Hansard wrote on October 12th, 2011
  23. The Baby Groks are asking if they need to a organize another hunting party or if their next meal will be delivered via FedEx. Is this contest over or are people still voting?

    Suzanne wrote on October 13th, 2011
  24. Thank you, North Carolina WOBlers and friends, for an exciting contest. The Primal force is strong with you. =)

    Suzanne wrote on October 13th, 2011
    • Absolutely, good game indeed! If u wanna hook me up with a steak or 3 I’d gladly accept ;) Grok On!

      Shane wrote on October 14th, 2011
      • You bet! Let me know when you’ll be moseying on over to San Antonio.

        Suzanne wrote on October 15th, 2011
  25. San Antonio!! You totally deserve that cow! Congratulations!!

    gilliebean wrote on October 14th, 2011

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