Madison Square wasn't the only park to host Southern food lovers on Saturday. Garry Roark, the personable pitmaster of Ubon's "Champion's Choice" (here, holding forth on Big Apple Barbecue eve), told me of an event I hadn't heard of in its 29 years: the annual New York Mississippi Picnic in Central Park. Some 2,000 folks were enjoying Mississippi blues, fried catfish, and sweet tea at the very hour I was polishing off the last of my pulled pork, whole hog, and baby back ribs, so I didn't have the time or the capacity to do it justice. However, the picnic is just a one-day affair, so if you find yourself at Ubon's on Sunday, expect to rub elbows with Mississippi delegates who haven't yet eaten their fill.
New York Missisippi Picnic