Road Trip: High Desert Music Festival & BBQ Showdown in Victorville, CA

On Saturday, June 28, 2014, we took a leisurely drive from Orange County along the familiar route we take when heading out to Las Vegas. Victorville is located north of the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County. It is High Desert Country, situated in the Southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert with high temperatures to boast.

As we pulled into the parking lot of the High Desert EventCenter (formerly known as Victorville Fairgrounds), temperatures soared close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We decided to wait in the air conditioned car until the gates opened for the High Desert Music Festival & BBQ Showdown and until the line of music and BBQ fans died down in the high noon sunshine. Once we opened the car doors, the aroma of smoked barbeque meat permeated the air. As we entered the BBQ Village, you could see all of the Teams working their magic as the Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned competition was well underway. Teams had timetables to turn in their chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. Unfortunately, nothing would be served to the public until after 2pm so that the teams could concentrate completely on their entries. There were a few outside vendors that were selling food which was a good thing.

Heavenly Delights with their tagline “What all cobblers want to be when they grow up” gave out samples of their pipin’ hot cobblers. We sampled the Peach Delight with Pecans. It was definitely pipin’ hot and right out of the oven. The peaches were baked perfectly so they were not too mushy and held a familiar peach texture so you knew what kind of fruit was being used. It had just the right amount of sweetness. The pecans added a crunchy texture to the mix. I can imagine that it tasted really good with a scoop vanilla ice cream on top.