By Laura C. Morel
From Tuesday through Friday, I'm the crime and immigration reporter for the Bradenton Herald.
But Saturday is my wildcard. I cover, well, everything else, including parades, festivals, fairs, rallies, contests, and the list goes on.
Food fests are also a big chunk of my Saturday coverage.
Today, I was the lucky reporter who covered the Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest, which includes a barbecue ribs cookoff with both local and out-of-state cooks. I interviewed barbecue enthusiasts about their secrets to a good rib and a tasty sauce. Time and patience seemed to be key ingredients.
After two hours of interviews, I smelled like barbecue.
Earlier this month, I covered the annual Seafood Festival.
In late February, I covered the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Food for sale included squid fries (delicious!) and smoked mullet.
And in the beginning of the year, I was among 12 teams of cooks who whispered to their team members so their opponents wouldn’t hear their beef brisket secrets.
The irony of it all? I can't even cook.