Perhaps we our hopes were too high for what is essentially a street festival (large and wonderful though it may be). Or perhaps our bodies were still too water-logged and mud-coated from last weekend's three-day exercise in stamina at Austin City Limits. But we just didn't come away impressed with this weekend's Epicurean Adventure area at downtown's Bayou City Arts Festival.
Due to the rain the night before and the hazy mist that coated the day on Saturday, the grounds in Sam Houston Park were filled not only with food stands, but with trampled grass and thick, viscous mud. It didn't stop hungry festival-goers from hoofing it up to the food stands, but it certainly stopped us (seriously -- we reached our muddy food stand quota for the next three years last weekend). After all, it's just as easy to obtain Indian or Greek or Cajun food in Houston without paying a festival premium and without getting filthy in the process.