Spring has flown in, gracing us with clear skies and wonderful weather. The sun is out and the Santa Ana winds are picking up with a vengeance. May is definitely here and the SoCal FurBQ is less than 2 weeks away. We are planning what we can in regards to food and supplies. This entry serves as our “start of the month” reminder, allowing you to have more information when planning your fun at our event. We ask that you read this all the way through, as it contains important food suggestions and safety information.
- Fursuiting is encouraged but please note that we do not provide a changing area. From previous experience, it is possible that someone will bring an Easy Up structure for people to change with, but this is not a guarantee. If you have such a structure, feel free to let us know
- All Four-legged attendees must be on a leash.
- All parked vehicles must be completely inside a designated parking space: If you need to temporarily double-park to unload, please leave someone with the vehicle.
- There is NO in-and-out privileges with your parking permit: Please arrange with friends to bring in additional items if you find you need something, or consider riding a bike to the store.
- We stay from park opening until park closing. As always, Please Bring Trash Bags! As large as a group as we are, we would like to make sure that the MOOP (Matter Out Of Place, aka TRASH) is properly collected and disposed of, which will keep the park officials happy with us.
Food Suggestions and Info For FurBQ:
This is a potluck event so feel free to bring whatever foodstuffs that you wish to share with the group! Our picnic site has 1 large cooking grill, however you can bring your own grills. Variety is not a problem at our event, from hotdogs and hamburgers to deli or ethnic dishes. Vegetarian foods are always welcome! For last minute/”oops, I forgot X” grocery items, there is an Albertson’s Market on Chapman & Jamboree.
If you dont wish to bring a food item, there are plenty of other needed supplies that are an asset to our event. Such items include:
- Trashbags (we pick up after ourselves and the more bags we have, the better).
- Plates and cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
- Ice chests – bring your own from home or you may purchase a disposable one made from foam.
If you bring a cooler, please use a marker on the outside to designate if this is specifically for meats, general food items, or sodas. We advise that one should use separate coolers between food items and drink items. With respect to the communal coolers, we will be segregating these items. If you bring a cooler for your own personal food items, please keep it away from the main grilling area; please identify it as such with a marker or pen.
We do not mind you bringing your own grill. This is especially important if you wish to prepare food items that are seafood (fish, shrimp, etc..) or are items which contain peanut oil or nuts. We are trying to keep such things isolated to individuals for the sake of people with fish or nut allergies. Our grillmasters will be there to send such items away from the communal grills. This is because the oils stay on the grill even after your item finishes cooking and has been removed. Please keep this in mind.
With regards to condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc..), PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not bring mayonnaise outside of the single serving packets. Jar mayo out in the open, under the SoCal sun is just asking for food poisoning due to how fast mayo can spoil/go bad.
Grilling and Fire Safety at the FurBQ
The safety of our attendees is very important and we have designated 1-2 “Grillmasters” who will be running the grills and keeping people safe (look for people wearing our Yellow “Staff” shirts around the event). The Designated Grillmasters run the grills. Period. End of story.
Do not try to throw things in the fire or you will be asked to leave. Plastic gives off a soup of poisonous fumes and soot when it burns, and Styrofoam is no better. You do not want to eat food that has been cooked in plastic soot. The residues clings to the steel of the grill and takes forever to burn away to safe levels.
The Grillmasters do not allow ANYTHING but charcoal to be put in the fire, (Sacrifices to the barbeque gods notwithstanding…) The Grillmasters will not tolerate pyros constantly trying to burn things, so nothing goes in the fire but charcoal. And keep your hands off the lighter fluid.
The Designated Grillmasters and others s/he designates, along with other Event Staff, are the only ones allowed to put things in or on the grill. Period. If you want to put something on the grill, talk to the Grillmasters or another staff members to discuss this – do not assume you can start putting things on the grill.
There will be a safety zone around the grills to be kept clear at all times. Do not walk into this space or crowd around it, as you will upset the Grillmasters. Consider this fair warning. Nobody wants to see anyone get burned, or portions of them set on fire because the wind blows the wrong way and they are too close.
Fire safety on the grills is an overriding concern for the Grillmasters and the rest of the event staff. Please do not make this harder on them. The Southern California Furbeque has not had a fire related accident during the entire time that the event has been going on, and the Event Staff would like to keep it that way.