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There are a lot of food festivals in Richmond, at least one every weekend when it hits peak season. The Brunswick Stew Festival has always been my favorite.
I don’t have a weird love of stew or anything like that and I did not grow up eating it. I actually called it New Brunswick stew for an embarrassingly long time. The only reference I had was New Brunswick, New Jersey where some of my college friends grew up. I did think it a little odd that Richmond would host a festival dedicated to New Jersey stew, but apparently not odd enough that I asked anyone about it. No one corrected me. I eventually figured it out. It is kind of like how my Mom always calls Panera Bread, Panero. It makes me giggle, but I just let her do it.
For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about when I say Brunswick stew, the basics of the recipe go something like this, tomato base, lima beans, vegetables and meat.
The variations on the stew are what make the Brunswick Stew Festival fun. Each group has their own signature way of making it and anyone tasting gets to cast their vote for their favorite.
I think that people’s preference of stew recipes can tell you a lot about their personality. For example, Evan likes his stew on the runny side with a lot of spice and is not as picky about the meat or beans. I like mine a little on the thicker side, with chicken as the meat and just a little spice. I don’t eat beans, but I just pretend that the beans are not in the stew and it works out surprisingly well.
From this, I will draw the conclusion that in life, Evan is a pretty go with the flow kind of guy. He likes things to be a spicy and exciting, but is not picky about anything extra thrown in the mix. I think it means that I prefer things to be thick and chickeny.