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October 11, 2011

Contest Poll: The 2011 Grokfeast Challenge

By Mark Sisson
34 Comments

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.

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Grokfeast in San Antonio, Texas

Grokfeast in St. Louis, Missouri

Grokfeast in North Carolina


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Robert
4 years 11 months ago

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,

bryce
bryce
4 years 11 months ago

i vote nc.

Jen
4 years 11 months ago

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.

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[…] To put together a Grokfeast. Now, a Grokfeast is essentially a big picnic, a party that involves edible, dead animals, plants, and (usually) fermented beverages, along with laughter, good conversation, new friends, and lots of smiling. These are all good, enjoyable things. Parties in general are inherently fun. Mirth and merriment are the ultimate purposes of throwing a party. Easy challenge, right? Not exactly, because these are things that fall by the wayside, that get put off until next week. Facebook invites to events go un-RSVP’d, next week morphs into next month which becomes next year, and before you… Read more »
Cindy Chauvie
Cindy Chauvie
4 years 11 months ago

I vote for North Carolina. Awesome Video

erin
erin
4 years 11 months ago

Wow. San Antonio did such a great job. I love that they involved so many families. AWESOME!

David
David
4 years 11 months ago

NC that’s awesome! Can’t get much more primal than the beach. And munching the Jalepeno! OMG!

Liz M
Liz M
4 years 11 months ago

The WOB Grokfest!! Hands down the BEST fest video! Creative, genuine, entertaining, primal!

GROK-ON!

Tim
Tim
4 years 11 months ago

Texas one rocks… was happy about that! Made me laugh at the end lol…

-Tim

Noctiluca
Noctiluca
4 years 11 months ago

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. 🙁

Jan Rosenberg
Jan Rosenberg
4 years 11 months ago

GO NORTH CAROLINA!!!!!!!

Jan Rosenberg
Jan Rosenberg
4 years 11 months ago

GO NORTH CAROLINA

Phoebe
Phoebe
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Lea
Lea
4 years 11 months ago
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,… Read more »
Abigaillyn
Abigaillyn
4 years 11 months ago

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?

Jessica
Jessica
4 years 11 months ago

NC!!! I don’t know if this counts as the vote or not!

David
David
4 years 11 months ago

nope! gotta submit a vote via the poll up there ^^

Sarah Branam
Sarah Branam
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
cherry
cherry
4 years 11 months ago

i vote for Grokfeast North Carolina

April
April
4 years 11 months ago

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!

k
k
4 years 11 months ago

i vote north carolina

Zim
Zim
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Magda
Magda
4 years 11 months ago

WOW.. Those Texans are crazy… That was a great Video from San Antonio, TX… Good Luck!!!!

kirsten
kirsten
4 years 11 months ago

The North Carolina video was the best!

Chris
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Laura
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Laci Hansard
Laci Hansard
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Suzanne
Suzanne
4 years 11 months ago

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
Suzanne
4 years 11 months ago

Thank you, North Carolina WOBlers and friends, for an exciting contest. The Primal force is strong with you. =)

Shane
4 years 11 months ago

Absolutely, good game indeed! If u wanna hook me up with a steak or 3 I’d gladly accept 😉 Grok On!

Suzanne
Suzanne
4 years 11 months ago

You bet! Let me know when you’ll be moseying on over to San Antonio.

gilliebean
4 years 11 months ago

San Antonio!! You totally deserve that cow! Congratulations!!

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