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Where is the good shopping and food at Rolex

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  • Where is the good shopping and food at Rolex

    To streamline our eating and shopping experiences, how about everyone that is already there cough up the insider tips.

    Best places to shop and best deals?

    Best food vendors?

  • #2
    I don't know if they are doing it this year, but the best deal of all was the booze available in the stadium year before last.

    IB Back Fudge is a don't miss if they are here.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
      To streamline our eating and shopping experiences, how about everyone that is already there cough up the insider tips.

      Best places to shop and best deals?

      Best food vendors?

      Have fun!
      Big Idea Eventing


      • Original Poster

        One year I had a lobster roll sandwich which was the best sandwhich I have ever had but I can't find them again.

        Last year I had fried pickles before going out on a course walk which were very tasty but a horrible horrible idea.


        • #5
          There is no good food at Rolex. One cannot even get a decent cup of tea at that venue.

          The only solution is to go to Badminton instead.


          • #6
            When I was at Kentucky's WEG I met some Australians who were laughing their guts out over powdered coffee "creamer." I had no defense.


            • Original Poster

              There HAS to be good food!


              • #8
                Apparently, there does not. I like the Kentucky Ale, so would say the beer is good, but the food not so much. I do best on Sunday when I hang out in the KHP tent. Patron's tent food might also be good. But in general, junky, expensive and does not improve the experience. Champagne at Dubarrys, IBack Fudge, Kentucky Ale, Dark Horse Chocolates at the vendors are all good bets, there are some pretty good french fries if you are into that, but the pickings are pretty slim on the food front.
                OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                • #9
                  When I was at WEG....I had a burrito that wasn't bad. Just the line waiting to pay afterwards was!

                  There are a few good places to eat outside of the park. And I too liked the beer.
                  ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JER View Post
                    There is no good food at Rolex. One cannot even get a decent cup of tea at that venue.

                    The only solution is to go to Badminton instead.

                    You are right on! The best chicken I've ever had was at Badminton.
                    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                    • #11
                      I think I had some Caribbean jerk chicken last year that was quite good, over rice that was OK. There are veggie wraps that were also really tasty and huge -- very filling, fresh, and they also had barbecue somewhere, maybe it wasn't until the weekend, that not only smelled delicious but they gave you a huge amount that spilled over the sides of the plate.
                      In the morning tho we have always eaten out or at the motel before getting there.
                      I dunno. I can find something to eat no matter what so don't go by my taste buds. (I'm the person who can eat old dry saltine crackers stolen from Wawa and hidden in the back seat of the car for several months.)
                      Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                      Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)


                      • #12
                        Is the cheesecake on a stick person not back this year either?
                        Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.


                        • #13
                          I mean, the food is fine. It's fine. Some of it might even be "good." But certainly nothing is worth what you pay for it and it's not anything you'll swoon over! I bring Subway in my backpack.
                          Big Idea Eventing


                          • Original Poster

                            Well, being from Indiana, land of fair food, I'm sure I'll survive!

                            How is the shopping? Any must hits?


                            • #15
                              I was at Bit of Britain today ( enjoyed 'working' for my gift cert).

                              $15 saddle pads and $35 leather halters were the big sellers there today.

                              Tomorrow is my shopping day!


                              • #16
                                We had lunch today in the dressage stadium it was decent but expensive. They never checked our backpacks. The shopping was ok I guess it depends on what your interested in. Im always looking for something different I cant find in the local tack store. I was hoping to try on some show coats for dressage but didnt find much. My neice bought a saddle pad for $15 and a helmet cover for $5 we also had her head measured by charles owen and found a great fit which we are going back to get tomorrow

                                My 10 year old son and 14 year old neice got rolex hats and are getting the signed by riders we see. The best place to rub elbows is by the warm up. The morning I was Bruce Davidson and Andrew Hoy. David O Conner walked up right after. We met Karen, Becky, Phillip, Boyd and Doug. Doug and Biyd were so nice and asked the kids questions
                                Gallop on


                                • #17
                                  Look for Burgoo, sometimes there's a vendor or you can get it at the KHP restaurant. Wish I was there the tour of Keenland sounds like a lot of fun!

                                  Crayola Posse: Violet Blue


                                  • #18
                                    When do the trade fair booths close for the night on Saturday?


                                    • #19
                                      I ,too, am interested in what time vendors close up shop on Friday and Saturday.


                                      • #20
                                        For great BBQ, go to Red State BBQ on Georgetown Rd heading toward Rood and Riddle. It's not fancy but great food.