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October 03, 2013

Contest Poll: The 2013 Grokfeast Challenge

By Mark Sisson
46 Comments

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!

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Cherie
2 years 11 months ago

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

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

Thanks Cherie, I also wanted to vote for both! A lot of heart went into it for sure.

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

Oh! And congratulations are in order on your win. 🙂 You had my vote!

Cherie
2 years 11 months ago

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
2 years 11 months ago

Oh…. and I voted Nashville. I didn’t know that was you until I read the other comments. Yay!

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

I hear you sister, it’s like walking into a crowded room buck naked. Thanks for you vote!

Toad
2 years 11 months ago

Chicago all the way!!!!

However, GO LIONS! 🙂

Jeff Sarris
2 years 11 months ago

Ha, I’d say thanks, but with such an offensive comment all I can think to say is… GO BEARS! 😉

Lynette
2 years 11 months ago

These videos are awesome; looking forward to the results tomorrow!

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

katieCHI
katieCHI
2 years 11 months ago

Amazing video Chicago Paleo Meetup — I miss you guys!

Jeff Sarris
2 years 11 months ago

Thanks Katie!… Next time you’re in town we’ll have to all plan a dinner 🙂

Toad
2 years 11 months ago

KatieCHI – Come back for Thanksgiving week! That is when I will be back to enjoy good times with good people.

Brad
Brad
2 years 11 months ago

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!

jacki
2 years 11 months ago

I vote for Nashville!

jth42
jth42
2 years 11 months ago

Me too 🙂

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

thanks for the love!

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

Thank you Jacki!

Analyn Trier
2 years 11 months ago

Absolutely Chicago all the way. Great naturally made video by Zach E (photographer’s nickname). Love it!!!

Jeff Sarris
2 years 11 months ago

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

Linda
Linda
2 years 11 months ago

Hey!!!The farm in the Chicago video is where I get my meat..Great place

Jeff Sarris
2 years 11 months ago

That’s awesome! Are you also a part of our Paleo Chicago Meetup group? If not you should definitely check it out 🙂 http://paleochicago.com

Cynthia
Cynthia
2 years 11 months ago

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..

Paleo-curious
2 years 11 months ago

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!

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

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!

en2ec
en2ec
2 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Feather
Feather
2 years 11 months ago

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

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

thanks to you both. i am glad the primal points we were trying to convey came through. 🙂

Nacho Rubio
2 years 11 months ago

Both are great! It took me quite a while to decide… Finally my vote is for Nashville. Best of luck to both!

Olivia B.
2 years 11 months ago

Well today is the deadline Oct.4!
Go Nashville 🙂

Captain Competition
2 years 11 months ago

Both were great submissions. I love the ultimate Frisbee in the backyard in Nashville.

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

thanks captain, we have a middle school soccer field just down the road that will be seeing some ultimate action this weekend!

Grokesque
Grokesque
2 years 11 months ago

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!

lockard
lockard
2 years 11 months ago

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.

Ross Berge
2 years 11 months ago

Both of these videos were great. Thanks for working to promote a healthy lifestyle. Now I want to visit both Chicago & Nashville.

Jeff Sarris
2 years 11 months ago

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: http://paleochicago.com

Gilly
Gilly
2 years 11 months ago

Good job on both videos. Well done. For some reason the Nashville video just made me feel good. +1!

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

thanks gilly, your comment made me feel good too.

Cherie
2 years 11 months ago

I liked knowing what the food was. The labels were a good touch.

Sheila
Sheila
2 years 11 months ago

Amazing video. I loved it. Congratulations to Chicago Paleo from Panama 🙂

Kayla
Kayla
2 years 11 months ago

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.

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

thank you for the kind words!

primal aly
primal aly
2 years 11 months ago

Congratulations Chicago! Proud to be a fellow grok. And thank you, Mark, for the opportunity. This community rocks!

Primal Praxis
2 years 11 months ago

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. 🙂

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