Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jazz Fest in Murfreesboro

One of my favorite local events is Jazz Fest. The Murfreesboro square, a historic area that was once the capital of Tennesee, is filled with the sounds of America's most significant contribution to the world of music: jazz. Bands from near and far take turns on multiple stages while vendors sell deep fried, chocolate covered, fresh squeezed fair food.

I love the music; I spend the whole festival alternating between tapping feet and swaying hips. I love a wailing sax, a loud guitar, and a drum solo so hot it melts my face off.  But I would be lying if I said that I wasn't just as excited about the food. When I think about Jazz Fest, two words pop into my head. Funnel. Cake. Deep fried, golden brown, lighter than air cake batter served on a paper plate with a thick dust of powdered sugar covering the top. Yes.

Here are a few glimpses of Jazz Fest Fun

The courthouse surrounded by stages on the east and west, vendors and inflatables on the north and south. Before there was a building here, the center of the square was used (by Andrew Jackson and his cronies) as a cock fighting pit. 
This is where we got our funnel cake...

We were very excited that the MexiVenn food truck was there. We purchased our lunch - tamales and horchata from our favorite Mexican/Venezuelan eatery. (BTW, the red thing on Stone's arm is because he donated blood at the Red Cross before Jazz Fest; what a great guy!)

The backstage of a local school show; Stone and Simon enjoying some music. I have to wait a whole year before enjoying more Jazz Fest fun.

Now, dear blog readers, I have a question for you. Generally, I post recipes with Weight Watchers Points Plus applied. I assume that most people are visiting my blog so see those recipes. So, when I write a post like this one about Jazzfest, or professing my love for big greasy burgers, or singing the praises of my favorite pizza joint, I wonder if they are incongruous when the rest of the site. I have been pondering whether it would be preferable to have two separate blogs: one for recipes and one for travel and restaurant reviews. The wisest people, of course, to help me make that decision are my readers. So...

Are posts like this interesting/relevant/good for this blog or should I take them somewhere else?


  1. Hi Angela..

    Though I am not wise enough, but I'd like to give my opinion as well. To me, it's not necessary to have another blog unless you have ample time to manage both blogs. All in a blog, gives more colors to your blog. Once in a while we need to take a break from cooking and eating, don't you think so? Haha... just my two cents..

  2. looks like an great fest! And funnel cake sure sounds and looks interesting! In fact I love blogs that give a refreshing break in between the same kind of topic.. Thats what i on my blog too...

  3. You have lovely and interesting space. Happy to follow u!
    kurinjikathambam, Event: HRH-Healthy Summer, Roundup: HRH-Puffed Rice

  4. Thanks for dropping by. Really enjoyed looking at the pictures of carnival food. Lot of items sound exotic, theres a lot more to food is the US than just burgers etc. I've never seen funnel cake etc sold anywhere yet

  5. I would really love to go to a jazz fest! Looks really fun!
    Thanks for sharing the photos.

  6. Hi Angela,
    A fun filled Jazz fest and delicious Mexican food!
    Thanks for sharing such lovely moments!

  7. Must be fun and awesome! How I wish I was there...My opinion is you can keep posting them in this blog...

  8. Very nice and mouth watering food. Looks delicious and yummy. Wonderful presentation. I am sure you had lots of fun.

  9. Sounds like so much fun ~ thanks for sharing!
    US Masala

  10. I love music festivals! Looks like a great time! (and so drooling over the funnel cake)

  11. Funnel cake looks awesome. Looks like you had a wonderful time there.

  12. sure you had a wonderful feast...gorgeous clicks..
    Tasty Appetite

  13. I love, love, LOVE music festivals! It's always great to hear about the music (and food) scenes in other towns, so keep these posts coming!


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