You Pull Them All Together
This past Sunday I made my way out to Brooklyn for Day 2 of the Great Googa Mooga Festival. To be honest, I really thought about not going on Sunday because of the shit show on Saturday. It seemed like they really, really screwed up the beer/wine stands and started running out of food. The people that paid $250 for the VIP section were even complaining. You know when your VIP’s are complaining , you got serious problems.
Sunday ended being a pretty awesome day. We rarely waited more than a few minutes on line. In fact, I was able to get just about everything I wanted in a pretty timely fashion. The standouts of the day include the Colicchio and Sons Pork Belly Tacos. For being small, they were surprisingly filling. There were other things I wanted to try, like the Calexico Nachos, Luke’s Lobster and Dirty Bird Chicken Fingers. I also missed the Hamageddon pork and Burger area. Disappointment is an understatement. Big Gay Ice Cream ran out by the time my friend made it over to get us some. We settled on cookies from Liddabit Sweets, which was more than OK. The only complaint would be that it seemed like there was too much food, too many options. To me, seems like having less vendors with more stands would have been a slightly more practical way to go. Either way, it was great trying some stuff I’d never had before. Plus, there were no fights over fried chicken, which is always good.
My biggest complaint of the whole day, laid in the “beer connoisseur” tent. I came with high aspirations for a quality craft beer experience. After all, the beer menu was curated by the Brooklyn Brewery’s Garret Oliver himself. Now the beers on hand were actually pretty awesome. There were sours, west coast ipa’s, beir de mars, farmhouse ales, saisons, lots of lovely beers you would expect to drink at an outdoor food festival. I would say, Mr. Oliver did a fantastic job of curating the beer list. My biggest problem was that they charged you $4 for a taste and $12 for a full beer. Oh, but don’t forget you have to pay an extra $2 for a fancy “connoisseur” glass. So, let’s say you wanted a Bear Republic Racer 5. A delightful, but not rare or unusual beer. You were paying $14 for a 12 ounce pour or $6 for a taste. I was shocked. I told them they were out of their mind. I could get a 6 pack of that beer at my local bodega for about $12. 6x as much beer for less. So, I abandoned the fancy “beer connoisseur” tent and went over to the regular guy beer stand and got myself come Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold and Magic Hat for $7 for a 16 ounce poor. Googa Mooga, that was a huge blunder on your part. Huge.
Aside from eating and drinking, there was one thing I was really looking forward to. That thing was, Hall and Oates. Yes, that Hall and Oates. Long, glowing locks, wistful melodies and catchy as hell tunes. They kicked off with the personal favorite, Maneater, before blasting through an hour and a half of magic. They came out for their encore about two minutes after they left the stage and just busted into hit after hit. It was pure bliss. It was one of those amazing moments in life where you look around and all you see are happy dancing people. There was not one person during that encore that was not smiling their face off. I just laid back into the blanket close my eyes for a minute and took it all it. An amazing afternoon in the park, eating, drinking, frolicking and rocking out to Hall and Oates. I know everyone says, Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to summer, but for me it was that moment. That was the start of what I’m hoping will be a great summer. That’s one thing the Googa Mooga people did right, having Hall and Oates close out a joyous day.
Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True