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6 Oct

Grokfeast in Florida

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

You want comments? We got comments:

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

    Luke wrote on October 6th, 2010
  2. This sounds like it was awesome. Great job!!

    Ryan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  3. Hey, you all had a GrokFeast in Florida and didn’t tell me?????

    Looks like you had a great time!

    Katt wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • Where are you at in Florida?… Maybe you can join us for the next one 😀

      Fatkid wrote on October 6th, 2010
      • hell yea, the more the better, we’re likely to do another in the note so distant future

        Russell wrote on October 6th, 2010
        • LOL! Sanford!

          Katt wrote on October 6th, 2010
  4. I LOVE the stoked look on the guy beside the chicken on the slackline!!!

    El wrote on October 6th, 2010
  5. where in florida is this? anywhere near the jacksonvile area??

    Zac wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • It was in Melbourne (brevard) at whickham park

      Russell wrote on October 6th, 2010
      • Are you kidding me!? Man that’s like 15 minutes away from me! I didn’t think anyone primal lived here in nowheresville! :)

        Mason wrote on October 6th, 2010
        • I thought those pics looked really familiar! I also live about 15min form Whickham Park, we play disc golf there all the time!!!

          Josh wrote on October 28th, 2010
  6. Looks like a great time was had. Grok on!

    Ryan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  7. Wait a second…you let lunch use the slackline too?
    Looks like a great time. Good luck guys!

    anzy wrote on October 6th, 2010
  8. I think it could be fun to do the slcakline thing. I’ve never done it…

    Melody wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • It was a lot of fun, most people had never done it before.

      Russell wrote on October 6th, 2010
  9. Okay, my favorite photo here is the chicken on the slackline.

    Sharon wrote on October 6th, 2010
  10. 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.

    Kris wrote on October 6th, 2010
  11. Looking good, nice to see so many people coming together with a common interest!

    carol wrote on October 6th, 2010
  12. Seems like it doesn’t have enough meat to be a true grokfeast, but that’s what the cow is for.

    Garth Whelan wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • 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!

      Fatkid wrote on October 6th, 2010
  13. I LOVE all of the balance activities!!! 😀

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on October 6th, 2010
  14. Oh, I’m definately going to have to try making those poppers…

    Larry wrote on October 6th, 2010
  15. This looks awesome. Now I am craving kale chips…

    Tara Tootie wrote on October 6th, 2010
  16. Chicken on a slackline? Sounds like a new recipe!

    Joe The Toad wrote on October 6th, 2010
  17. Love the chicken just chillen on the slack line 😀
    And now you’ve got me in the mood for bacon jalapeno poppers! mmmm

    fishergirl wrote on October 6th, 2010
  18. mmmm primal tebuleh

    Noah216 wrote on October 6th, 2010
  19. Agreeing with some others…the chicken photo is awesome.

    Cindy Hanna wrote on October 6th, 2010
  20. ah man, slack line and handstands. Looks like a great time

    Ben wrote on October 6th, 2010
  21. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers… That sounds so good.

    Mark wrote on October 6th, 2010
  22. man this looks fun…gotta find me some local groks!

    mike wrote on October 6th, 2010
  23. Wow cool to pair it with the race!

    christie wrote on October 6th, 2010
  24. looks like you had a lot of fun and good food too…

    Marti wrote on October 6th, 2010
  25. oh boy oh boy oh boy! WE need a grokfest in Orlando and in Dodge City Kansas!!!

    Aaron wrote on October 7th, 2010
    • There are a number of Primals within driving distance… I don’t see why would couldn’t have one in Orlando 😀

      Fatkid wrote on October 7th, 2010
  26. Looks so fun! Slack line is my nemesis. Way to start it off with a race!

    Julie wrote on October 7th, 2010
  27. This whole day was a blast! the weather leading up to it had me worried but it ended up perfect

    Fatkid wrote on October 7th, 2010
  28. 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.

    Julie wrote on October 12th, 2010

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