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3 Oct

Contest Poll: The 2013 Grokfeast Challenge

Contest PollI’d like to thank the seven 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 (seriously, again, great job, everyone), 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.

OK, now on to business. Watch the finalist videos below and then make your vote count. This poll will close and a winner will be announced at 4 pm PDT, Friday, October 4.

UPDATE: This poll is closed, and the winner is Grokfeast in Chicago. Congrats to all the Groks in Chicago, and thanks to everyone for voting!

Vote for the Winner of the 2013 Grokfeast Contest

  • Grokfeast in Chicago (63%, 330 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in Nashville (38%, 198 Votes)

Total Voters: 528

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  1. I wish I could have voted for both of you. What a tough choice! Both days looked really fun. Excellent work!

    Cherie wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Thanks Cherie, I also wanted to vote for both! A lot of heart went into it for sure.

      primal aly wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Oh! And congratulations are in order on your win. :) You had my vote!

      primal aly wrote on October 3rd, 2013
      • Thank you!!!! That is so nice! I was very nervous about putting myself “out there” like that. It is outside my comfort zone. I am afraid to report the wine drinking was not faked. It was needed. :)

        Cherie wrote on October 4th, 2013
        • Oh…. and I voted Nashville. I didn’t know that was you until I read the other comments. Yay!

          Cherie wrote on October 4th, 2013
        • I hear you sister, it’s like walking into a crowded room buck naked. Thanks for you vote!

          primal aly wrote on October 4th, 2013
  2. Chicago all the way!!!!

    However, GO LIONS! :)

    Toad wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Ha, I’d say thanks, but with such an offensive comment all I can think to say is… GO BEARS! 😉

      Jeff Sarris wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  3. These videos are awesome; looking forward to the results tomorrow!

    (Thank you for everyone voting for CHICAGO) !!!

    Lynette wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  4. Amazing video Chicago Paleo Meetup — I miss you guys!

    katieCHI wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Thanks Katie!… Next time you’re in town we’ll have to all plan a dinner :)

      Jeff Sarris wrote on October 3rd, 2013
      • KatieCHI – Come back for Thanksgiving week! That is when I will be back to enjoy good times with good people.

        Toad wrote on October 6th, 2013
  5. Both videos were great, and I enjoyed seeing the fun and food (especially the food).

    However, the one takeaway I got from watching, was that Lynette is a super cutie!

    Brad wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  6. I vote for Nashville!

    jacki wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Me too :)

      jth42 wrote on October 3rd, 2013
      • thanks for the love!

        primal aly wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  7. Thank you Jacki!

    primal aly wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  8. Absolutely Chicago all the way. Great naturally made video by Zach E (photographer’s nickname). Love it!!!

    Analyn Trier wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Gah! You got me again! I was about to write “I’m not sure who Zach is, but…” You’re so going to make that nickname stick aren’t you? 😛 hehe

      Jeff Sarris wrote on October 4th, 2013
  9. Hey!!!The farm in the Chicago video is where I get my meat..Great place

    Linda wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  10. I have to vote for Nashville….Although the one from Chicago gave a new spin on “makin bacon”. (View the pigs at the beginning) It was a virtual tie until I saw someone in the Chicago video use a smartphone…not too paleo..

    Cynthia wrote on October 3rd, 2013
    • Um… neither is a video camera! However, I understand your dilemma– I really couldn’t choose between these two either, so I’m just not voting. But I thoroughly enjoyed both! Great job, everyone!

      Paleo-curious wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  11. The best news of all is that regardless of who wins the challenge, this primal lifestyle we all love so much has received new recognition, respect, and some added exposure. That is the true win here. This tribe, headed by mark, is revolutionary and I am proud to be a part of it!

    primal aly wrote on October 3rd, 2013
  12. I thought both videos were great, but I voted for Nashville because 1) everyone has a backyard or a nearby park to host their own grokfest, and so their example (and direct messages) were inspiring; Chicago looked fun, but not everyone has access to a farm and so it didn’t resonate as well with me; 2) Nashville shared the primal lifestyle with new people; Chicago seemed only to have primal “veterans” 3) Nashville pretty much had me with the opening bike ride to hand deliver the invitations; I was a little put off in the Chicago video by the person on their smartphone in the midst of this beautiful farm; 4) I wish I had neighbors like the people in Nashville!

    en2ec wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • Agreed, also, Chicago showed people feasting, but hardly a glimpse of the feast…half of the point of these vids is to show the food!
      Liked the nashville stile with the signs, the message to not wait until everything is perfect, and, fire, because why not :) Oh, and the food!

      loved the music in both video’s, btw

      Feather wrote on October 4th, 2013
      • thanks to you both. i am glad the primal points we were trying to convey came through. :)

        primal aly wrote on October 4th, 2013
  13. Both are great! It took me quite a while to decide… Finally my vote is for Nashville. Best of luck to both!

    Nacho Rubio wrote on October 4th, 2013
  14. Well today is the deadline Oct.4!
    Go Nashville :)

    Olivia B. wrote on October 4th, 2013
  15. Both were great submissions. I love the ultimate Frisbee in the backyard in Nashville.

    Captain Competition wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • thanks captain, we have a middle school soccer field just down the road that will be seeing some ultimate action this weekend!

      primal aly wrote on October 4th, 2013
  16. Both were great, but I chose Nashville on the basis of imagining showing this to non-primal friends – I don’t think there would be much explanation required about the lifestyle or how to implement it. Well done!

    Grokesque wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • I agree- both were good –
      but Nashville showed primal life

      where’s Chi-town showed a trip to a rural farm with a picnic after.

      lockard wrote on October 4th, 2013
  17. Both of these videos were great. Thanks for working to promote a healthy lifestyle. Now I want to visit both Chicago & Nashville.

    Ross Berge wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • If you do come on out to Chicago be sure to let us know! You’re always welcome to our Paleo Chicago events, you and anyone else visiting for that matter :)

      You can find the meetup group and what we’re all up to here:

      Jeff Sarris wrote on October 4th, 2013
  18. Good job on both videos. Well done. For some reason the Nashville video just made me feel good. +1!

    Gilly wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • thanks gilly, your comment made me feel good too.

      primal aly wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • I liked knowing what the food was. The labels were a good touch.

      Cherie wrote on October 4th, 2013
  19. Amazing video. I loved it. Congratulations to Chicago Paleo from Panama :)

    Sheila wrote on October 4th, 2013
  20. I think they are both great, but I feel like Nashville should win by a long shot considering the creativity of making everything primal. They rode their bikes and hand delivered invitations, played games outside with friends, had an amazing spread of food and spent time by the fire. It felt very primal and friendly.

    Kayla wrote on October 4th, 2013
    • thank you for the kind words!

      primal aly wrote on October 4th, 2013
  21. Congratulations Chicago! Proud to be a fellow grok. And thank you, Mark, for the opportunity. This community rocks!

    primal aly wrote on October 4th, 2013
  22. These were awesome!! I loved them both, but had to vote Nashville because they pulled at my heart strings. For some reason I was so touched by the beauty of the community, and the meaningful hand-written invites and messages at the beginning. :-)

    Primal Praxis wrote on October 5th, 2013

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