As much as love being in the kitchen and creating new recipes, I love going on food inspired adventures, or ‘foodie field trips’ as I like to call them! Getting out and exploring new places, or even things in my own backyard, is always so much fun and of course anything that involves food makes me one happy gal!
Our latest ‘foodie field trip’ was to the Cowboy Breakfast, which is the annual kick off to the start of the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo.
Here in Texas, we take our rodeos very seriously! I remember growing up, each year weeks of my public school education was deemed ‘rodeo week’ and every ounce of energy was put into learning the ‘ropes’ of being a true cowboy. From proper western wear (a.k.a Wranglers, big belt buckles and fringe), to learning how to square dance in P.E., to visits from “real live cowboys,” this rodeo stuff is no bull (Hahaha! I’m soooo funny!)
The Cowboy Breakfast is a free event that takes place in downtown Austin, Texas. Eric went a few years ago, but this year he was given a photography assignment to go cover the event. He asked if I wanted to tag along and I said sure (even though it meant leaving the house at 6am!!).
In true Austin fashion, there was live music, food, nice people and of course cowboys!
The cowboy breakfast is completely family friendly and a great way for kids to see other forms of cooking. From smokers, to dutch ovens and BBQ pits, breakfast was cooked and served by friendly faces to hungry crowds. Classic ‘cowboy’ breakfast foods included biscuits and gravy to sausage, to Texas favorites like smoked pork breakfast tacos!
There were sightings of rodeo mascots, cowboys and cowgirls, musicians and friends young and old!
There were horses and longhorns (we are in Austin after all!)….
And wood carved animals created by talented wood carving fellas!
You know, how every cowboy (and girl) spends their free time!
I shared a single photo of the event, via Instagram, but here are a few more photos all courtesy of Eric!