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October 06, 2010

Grokfeast in Florida

By Mark Sisson
38 Comments

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

My Grokfeast started out very early as some of us were running in a local two mile racing event. The weather was absolutely gorgeous for a morning run. When the run was finished it was still a little early and the official start of the feast wasn’t scheduled for another couple hours, so the group disbanded while I headed over to the park in order to ensure our location. Groks and Grokettes showed up just after the start of the Grokfeast with a bang, with everybody arriving within a minute or two of each other; which ended up working really well. The overall attitude of the group was fatigued and hungry so we fired up the grills right away while Joshua set up the slackline. The running “events” were canceled since there was already a race that morning. The slackline proved challenging to get up using a five carabineer system but eventually was rocking and ready for play!

While everything was getting set up the coals were warming up. Things hit the fire as soon as they were ready and we were off! The food was fantastic and even the non-Primal folks in the group seemed to grasp the idea well enough and we had no mistakes or mishaps. The dish that really stole the show was Primal Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, but since they are pretty basic (Stuff jalapenos with guacamole, wrap with bacon, grill, enjoy) we’ve included a different recipe with this submission.

Once everything started rolling, it turned out to be a ton of fun. There were many people from different groups who had no idea who each other were but everyone got along great and there was a strong sense of community and friendship throughout the group… so much so that we attracted attention from passers by. By the time the day had come to a close, I had numerous people come up to me and say how we should do more Primal Pot-lucks even if there is no contest. I wholeheartedly agree!

The Feast

  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Bacon Jalapenos Poppers
  • Beef and Squash-kabobs
  • Lamb and Squash-kabobs
  • Scallop Seviche
  • Primal Tabouleh
  • Kale Chips
  • Shrimp Salad
  • Avocado Salad
  • Guacamole

Recipe: Tebouleh Joshua Style

  • 1 bunch of parsley. Discard stems, mince the leaves.
  • 2 or 3 small tomatoes, minced. I use either plum tomatoes or tomatoes on the vine.
  • 4 or 5 scallions, chopped finely
  • 2 or 3 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice from 2 lemons

Pour olive oil over it to get it wet. Then stir it up. Sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Note: Real Tabouleh has Bulgar wheat, but I never put that in it.

The Tribe

Adam Fatka (Fatkid), Joshua Williams, Heath Powell, Russell Pellow (Russ), Melissa Pellow, John Meek, Jeff January, Michelle Garcia, Joe [Michelle’s BF], Justin Wills, Jen [Justin’s GF], Bobby Goldschmidt

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Luke
Luke
6 years 2 months ago

Nothing like a short race followed by some slack lines to work up an appetite, to be smothered shortly thereafter.

Ryan
Ryan
6 years 2 months ago

This sounds like it was awesome. Great job!!

Katt
Katt
6 years 2 months ago

Hey, you all had a GrokFeast in Florida and didn’t tell me?????

Looks like you had a great time!

Fatkid
6 years 2 months ago

Where are you at in Florida?… Maybe you can join us for the next one ๐Ÿ˜€

Russell
Russell
6 years 2 months ago

hell yea, the more the better, we’re likely to do another in the note so distant future

Katt
Katt
6 years 2 months ago

LOL! Sanford!

El
6 years 2 months ago

I LOVE the stoked look on the guy beside the chicken on the slackline!!!

Zac
Zac
6 years 2 months ago

where in florida is this? anywhere near the jacksonvile area??

Russell
Russell
6 years 2 months ago

It was in Melbourne (brevard) at whickham park

Mason
Mason
6 years 2 months ago

Are you kidding me!? Man that’s like 15 minutes away from me! I didn’t think anyone primal lived here in nowheresville! ๐Ÿ™‚

Josh
Josh
6 years 1 month ago

I thought those pics looked really familiar! I also live about 15min form Whickham Park, we play disc golf there all the time!!!

Ryan
Ryan
6 years 2 months ago

Looks like a great time was had. Grok on!

anzy
anzy
6 years 2 months ago

Wait a second…you let lunch use the slackline too?
Looks like a great time. Good luck guys!

Melody
Melody
6 years 2 months ago

I think it could be fun to do the slcakline thing. I’ve never done it…

Russell
Russell
6 years 2 months ago

It was a lot of fun, most people had never done it before.

Sharon
Sharon
6 years 2 months ago

Okay, my favorite photo here is the chicken on the slackline.

Kris
Kris
6 years 2 months ago

Love that so many of these incorporate at least a touch, if not a bucketful, of what’s essential to each local community. This one is in Florida so you see a variety of seafood in their fare, plus dropping in on a local race beforehand? Nice job.

carol
carol
6 years 2 months ago

Looking good, nice to see so many people coming together with a common interest!

Garth Whelan
Garth Whelan
6 years 2 months ago

Seems like it doesn’t have enough meat to be a true grokfeast, but that’s what the cow is for.

Fatkid
6 years 2 months ago

Most of the meat is on the grill (5ish lbs of chicken plus some lame and beef) but the cow would definitely make it more Grok’n!

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 2 months ago

I LOVE all of the balance activities!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Larry
Larry
6 years 2 months ago

Oh, I’m definately going to have to try making those poppers…

Tara Tootie
Tara Tootie
6 years 2 months ago

This looks awesome. Now I am craving kale chips…

Joe The Toad
6 years 2 months ago

Chicken on a slackline? Sounds like a new recipe!

fishergirl
fishergirl
6 years 2 months ago

Love the chicken just chillen on the slack line ๐Ÿ˜€
And now you’ve got me in the mood for bacon jalapeno poppers! mmmm

Noah216
Noah216
6 years 2 months ago

mmmm primal tebuleh

Cindy Hanna
6 years 2 months ago

Agreeing with some others…the chicken photo is awesome.

Ben
Ben
6 years 2 months ago

ah man, slack line and handstands. Looks like a great time

Mark
Mark
6 years 2 months ago

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers… That sounds so good.

mike
mike
6 years 2 months ago

man this looks fun…gotta find me some local groks!

christie
christie
6 years 2 months ago

Wow cool to pair it with the race!

Marti
Marti
6 years 2 months ago

looks like you had a lot of fun and good food too…

Aaron
Aaron
6 years 2 months ago

oh boy oh boy oh boy! WE need a grokfest in Orlando and in Dodge City Kansas!!!

Fatkid
6 years 2 months ago

There are a number of Primals within driving distance… I don’t see why would couldn’t have one in Orlando ๐Ÿ˜€

Julie
Julie
6 years 2 months ago

Looks so fun! Slack line is my nemesis. Way to start it off with a race!

Fatkid
6 years 2 months ago

This whole day was a blast! the weather leading up to it had me worried but it ended up perfect

Julie
Julie
6 years 1 month ago

Wasn’t there going to be a place on the site that listed local primal groups? I’m in south Florida and a group of us from crossfit would love to meet other primal people.

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