We Ask the Industry: What are Your Favorite Congress Eats?
Ask any seasoned veteran to describe the essence of the Congress, and they will most likely mention one of the many food vendors. From the Sweet Shop cinnamon rolls to the famous bourbon chicken, Congress food is a huge fan favorite for participants and spectators alike. So, whether you are an exhibitor, trainer, or just attending for shopping and sight-seeing, find time to experience these wonderful tastes. Here are some of the industry’s top exhibitors’ and trainers’ favorite Congress eats.
Tiina Volmer – It’s exciting to go to the Congress and anticipate the food that we eat for two weeks. The Congress is a family affair for ‘Tim the Trail Man,’ me and our boxers. To try to keep it a little healthier; Gucci, Bobbi Brown, Tim and I like the Bourbon chicken and rice. The apple dumplings and ice cream will be a treat when riding in the middle of the night. That will be shared with my horse, Rainman. We enjoy a wide variety of choices.
Courtney Archer – Hands down, without a doubt, favorite food at the Congress is the bourbon chicken. That’s always the first place we eat at as soon as we get to the Congress and once we do, it feels like the Congress has officially started for us.
Bella Rosa – My favorite food at the Congress is the bourbon chicken. The chicken and rice are always warm, which makes it so good when the weather is cold. We always buy a jar of the bourbon chicken sauce at the end of the show, so we can use it when we get home.
Whitney Vicars – Gosh that’s a tough one because I’m a total foodie. Top two foods I get excited about when thinking of horse shows are Capp City Diner in Columbus, Ohio during Congress. All of their food is amazing, but my personal favorite is their Romano Crusted Chicken. Then, actually, on the fairgrounds, it would have to be the Sweet Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies, a guilty pleasure. I can’t pass up their soft gooey yumminess, hands down my favorite cookie ever.
Most people think of pumpkin lattes, Halloween, and sweaters when they envision fall, but we equestrians think of Congress. One of the significant components of this is food. Everything from the Stromboli, bourbon chicken, cinnamon rolls, pizza, etc. help to create a sense of Congress. Be sure to try something new this year if you attend the show; you will not be disappointed.