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Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 30, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
2013 Yosemite Facelift Feast aka "Meat Fest" or "Feast Fest" or "That Loud Dinner Over in Yeller Pines"

This is an unofficial and informal dinner put together mainly by Taco Stand denizens and usually draws between 50-75 people or more. This year's goal is to feed lots of people in a slightly more organized way so as to avoid the cannibalism which usually occurs.

Time and Location
Saturday, September 28, 2013 6pm, Yellow Pine campground

Getting There
Parking at Yeller Pines is extremely tight. Take the shuttle, ride your bike, or walk. You can park temporarily at Sentinel Beach, but not overnight. If you plan on drinking please do not drive and be prepared to leave your bike at Yellow Pine -- this is heavily enforced by YNP rangers.

How You Can Help
Sign up for specific duties, bring food, make food, bring booze, help with clean up.


* Donation Collector: Anders
* Table organizers: LuckyPink, ontheedgeandscaredtodeath (The folks responsible for setting out the buffet, ensuring there are utensils, plates, etc)
* Charcoal Starters: Glee, JoeyF, Khanom. Charcoal should be started at 5pm sharp!
* Grillers: 2-3 (I think) people to deal with the actual grilling. Khanom to man smoker.
* Servers: A couple of people to get the meat or veggies from the grill to the table and make sure there's adequate gnosh to keep the cannabilism to a minimum.
* Trash committee: ontheedgeandscaredtodeath (One or two people responsible for herding volunteers to help clean up. It seems to work well to grab random helpers at the time. I think we had the whole thing squared away in under 30 minutes, which was fantastic.)

How the Food gets there:
If you wish to eat please be prepared to either bring food or make a donation.

As many of you know Vicky and I own Hopping Rabbit Farm just outside YNP, and I'd like to offer an informal sponsorship of the event. We can't afford much, but we can bring quite a lot of food: mainly fresh veggies.

Who's Bringing What:

BBQs: on site + trailer from DNC
Chimneys: Khanom x 2, Joey.F x 1, JEleazarian x 2, H x 1 (DONE)
Charcoal: Joey.F 35lb, ontheedgeandscaredtodeath 20lb. Ideally we should have say 60 lb? Khanom turns his nose up at "charcoal" and will bring quite a lot of oak and apple wood.
Utensils: Murcy, Madbolter1, Roots, H (DONE)
Table Lighting -- LuckyPink, H, JoeyF, Anders, ontheedgeandscaredtodeath. More is better: if you have a low-key lantern bring it.
Table cloths: LuckyPink, khanom

SCseagoat & Ferretlegger: Some dessert.
JEleazarian: Shishkebab sandwiches for 40-50
Joey.F: Freakin' delicious pickles
Fattrad: dogs/burgers for 15 people, condiments
Sully: dessert

Hopping Rabbit Farm (Khanom): Four smoked chickens, 10-12 lbs pulled pork (May not be exactly this for logistical reasons, but meat for 20). Available veggies from our farm.

Still Needed
 Vegetable dishes
 Appetizers of any kind
 bread and/or buns

Who's Coming?
I no longer think RSVP'ing is useful since nobody does it. Come one come all but bring food, booze, donations.

Updated Sept 18, 8am

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
I'm still checking my schedule, because I have this nagging feeling that I have a professional commitment during the Face Lift week or weekend. Assuming I can come, I'd like to make some shish kebab sandwiches like I did a few years ago. I have enough skewers to make 40-50 sandwiches. This will require about three feet of grill space. Again, I just need to make sure I'm free. Assuming I am, either Friday or Saturday night should work.

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Apr 30, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
Thanks, Eric!

Has anyone heard from Ken as to plans for that evening, which I believe would be Saturday the 28th? That's usually the evening of the outdoor live music and of the El Portal fall dance, and if it is again, then FoodFest might fit best that evening. Anyway, Ken, Harrison and Mo ought to be involved in the planning.

Eric's thoughts are all very helpful, in terms of a successful event. Perhaps a small group could plan to be back at Yellow Pine a bit earlier that afternoon, to do anything that's needed. A committee, if you like. They could even do some planning... With the actual event not starting until say 6 PM, to allow people time to go to the raffles and maybe catch some live music, clean up, and get there.

Perhaps we could have a rummage sale, too. Take one or two tables, climbing-related stuff only (including books). Bring it, mark it with a reasonable price, sell the stuff, and give the proceeds to the YCA. Finish by say 7:00 PM, before it gets dark. Anything unsold returned to donor.

It would be a great moral dilemma, deciding between Rodger's burgers and John's kebabs. Might have to eat both.

ps Lolli wonders if she should bring caviar, to make her wonderful caviar + egg treats again.

pps The irrepressible FatTrad, aka Jeff E, advises that "I will bring a partial MeatFest".

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Apr 30, 2013 - 05:23pm PT

Glad you liked my burgers! Not certain of my plans for this year, as I'm thinking about the Dolomites in September. I'll probably be back for Facelift, but I'll have to buy another steer from a neighbor and finish it myself. I sold out my entire herd of cattle as a step towards ultimate "real" retirement. But feeding up a single steer is no big deal. The secret to good beef is good feed for the critter. I'll "take it under advisement."


Social climber
Missoula MT
Apr 30, 2013 - 06:23pm PT

I know we had to scramble to get all the coals hot enough to cook with using your one chimney last year....

Just curious as to how many Weber Rapidfire Chimneys would be ideal to have coals ready for the three grills already at YP, plus the mobile grill, plus your smoker? I have no idea how long it takes for a load to be ready to dump (i.e., all coals white), then start the next batch? Or the amount of charcoal needed?


PS: Count me in for the Fe(a)st. I'll be camping in YP, and would be glad to help with anything. M good w/ picking up Trash; M working on improving Talking Trash (in a friendly way, of course)....

PSS: Is it worth thinking about Facelift purchasing Weber Chimneys for the YP Fe(a)sts?


Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Anders, naturally we want to work it around the other events. I kinda felt that as in years past Ken's involvement could be eating rather than worrying about yet another thing. But of course input is welcome.

The rummage sale is brilliant!

I got gifted another of those weber chimneys. How long they take is highly dependent on the charcoal you use. The cheapo Kingsford stuff takes like 45 mins and is uneven. Better quality stuff from TJs is between 25-35 mins. Each chimney can do more than enough charcoal for a big grill and if the grilling goes on longer you can chuck new coals in at the time you dump the coals. As long as you are not using the "matchlight" stuff with nasty chemicals on it you should be fine. So I can provide two chimneys and I'd guess that if we had two more we'd be in great shape. The trick of course is to (a) start early; (b) have plenty of charcoal on hand -- you can always add it to an existing coal bed to keep things going longer.

I will be bringing lots of oak, manzanita and apple woods for the smoker. I don't use charcoal anymore and use these for regular barbequeing as well. Closer to that time if someone also wishes to use this let me know so I can bring even more.

Oh, and the issue about Fe(a)st-related purchases... Obviously this is not a YCA thing and I would not Ken to have to kick in money even if he may get it back in donations. I would imagine that we just need to find people willing to lend the gear. As for other supplies like utensils, in the past people have signed up to bring them, plus lots of people use their own so as to reduce waste. Seems to work... I think?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
I have signed up for Yellow Pine and will help. Need to check my work schedule. It will be fantastic to see everyone.

Mighty Hiker, is there no other evening that has less happening that we could have the feast? Cheers, lynnie

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Apr 30, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Hi Eric and all..
A few thoughts,
Corn... I stopped in Rio Vista for some last year and it was the very last of the season, it did not hold well (the sugar turned to starch fast!) even when doing the best to keep it cool. Most of it went to the garbage. The way this year is going, probably a no go at all...
I still have 30 lbs to bring up from last year and I have a chimney if needed.
I'll bring another mess of them.
Staying tuned and psyched!

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 30, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
Corn... hmm.. just realized I have no later variety in the plan. I guess I'll find something that will be good through summer and ready in time for the Facelift. It might be tough to pull off, but I can try.

As for your pickles... well... you betta! They were awesome!

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 1, 2013 - 02:28pm PT

I have now sent in my reservations for Friday and Saturday nights (Spet. 27 and 28), and I will bring enough shish kebab to make 40-50 shish kebab sandwiches. While Saturday night would be easier, I could do it either night. I could also come up for an evening any night except Monday the 23d and Thursday the 26th. I'll also bring a bottle or two of mature red wine of some appropriate varietal.

I also own a couple of "chimneys." Will you need charcoal? Please let me know.


Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
John, I think both the chimneys and charcoal would be most welcome. It's tough to estimate how much charcoal we'll need, so if people bring extra they can always take it back home.

May 1, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
I'm up for whatever help is needed assuming that I'm getting camping reservations for YP.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 1, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Ferretlegger (Michael) and I usually bring some dessert offering.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 1, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Ferretlegger (Michael) and I usually bring some dessert offering.


Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Apparently... 2 months bump.

Corn is looking great. Planted two successions... Maybe 2000 ears? What have I done? We're still working on sourcing local pork.

I just harvested 20lbs of pickling cukes, but where is that Joe guy?

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 19, 2013 - 12:13am PT

Wooot !

Go Eric go !

Sounds like a great idea and you are the perfect person to instigate and perpetuate it. I hope to see ya'll there.

Bumpity bump
(just for a little added bouyancy)

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 12:20am PT
Eric, I'm not sure if I'm going to Facelift this year, and won't know for another month or more, but if I do I'll check in with this thread and bring something needed.

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 19, 2013 - 12:45am PT
To all-

I've solidified my plans for a trip to the Dolomites the first 3 weeks of September, but there's still a chance I might make it out to Facelift for the Feast. Three weeks in the Groednertal (Val Gardena) might get my decrepit a$$ in climbing shape. It's only a 5 1/2 to 6 hour flight in the Piper Dakota to Mariposa, so I would still love to attend.

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 10:37am PT
Bump to coincide with 6 months til...

As mentioned up there, Hopping Rabbit Farm is "informally" sponsoring the Feast/Fest.

I dunno about the corn -- the second succession is growing fast and may come a bit early for the Facelift. The first succession is doing great. This corn is so tender I'm telling folks not to cook it. I just eat it raw. I think I have like 600 ears and will probably sell it all by next week.

I'm planting the fall crops this week, and I'll have everything from apples to beets to peas to beans to zucchini. And everything in between. I plan to bring a truckload-sampler to the Facelift for the feast so everyone can use it to cook.

If you are arriving at the Facelift early, you are most welcome to stop by the farm to stock up. We plan to be in Yeller Pines Wed-Sunday, but if you are driving into the valley any time before Tuesday night, we'll be there.
It's pretty convenient from Hwy 120 and even more so from Hwy 132 (through Coulterville). There are directions here: http://hoppingrabbitfarm.com/where-to-buy/

Mr. Joey, I am going to squeeze in some more pickling cukes. The ones I've got going now are winding down. Can I have your recipe or is it a secret?

Mountain climber
Aug 5, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Planning on attending and want to help out...but...driving up the week before and staying a while in Mammoth and Tuolumne. Then driving to the Valley from inside the park. Any ideas/suggestions/needs that we can bring that does not require refrigeration and not having us to load and unload into bear boxes while on our trip (we'll be moving around alot)?

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