Mimi’s Tips to Navigate 30a Songwriters Festival 2022

By now I hope that you have purchased your tickets for the 30a Songwriters Festival 2022. As of this posting, day passes for the Main Stage were still available. Mimi’s tips to navigate 30a Songwriters Festival 2022 may help you avoid rookie mistakes.

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If worried about how to navigate 30a songwriters festival the problem is all inside your head. Of course Paul Simon says, you need to make a plan man. The answer is easy if you take it logically. I’d like to help you in your struggle to avoid rookie festival mistakes.

Mimi’s tips to navigate 30a Songwriters Festival 2022

1.0 The best tip ever is to make a plan. The festival boasts 289 shows from January 14-17 in 30 plus venues. Since the schedule is released, take time to zero in on your top musician picks and make a list. Please build a list around the time slots and venues. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a Greek tragedy with no way out.

2.0 Before the festival, study the entire list of musicians and songwriters. Now is the perfect time to use technology in order to listen to artists that you’re not familiar with. Print the list and use as a guide to help navigate. On the way to work, traveling or while cooking in your kitchen, shout out to Alexa, Spotify etc. Grill Man and I have discovered great musicians with this random tip.

Review the current line-up and listen. Sadly if you find yourself without tickets this year, make a plan for 2023. Once tickets go on sale, they will not last for too long.

2022 30a Songwriters Festival Lineup

Reverend Shawn Amos blowing it out at The Fish House 2020 www.diningwithmimi.com
Brothers of a Feather feat. Chris & Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes,
Harris, Mavis Staples, Dawes, Jenny Lewis, Rickie Lee Jones, Rodney Crowell, Amy Grant, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Madison Cunningham, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Shawn Mullins, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Todd Snider, Kathleen Edwards, James McMurtry, Allison Moorer, Hayes Carll, Dar Williams, Will Hoge, Paul Thorn, Ruthie Foster, Jeffrey Steele, Marc Broussard, AJ Ghent, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peters, Tommy Stinson, (Replacements), Chuck Prophet, Steve Poltz, Lera Lynn, Kyshona Armstrong, Brittney Spencer, Carlene Carter, Sierra Hull, Chris Stamey & Peter Holsapple (the dB’s), Dan Navarro, Tim Easton, Bob Schneider, John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Dan Bern, Boukou Groove, (Donnie Sundal), Will Kimbrough, Chastity Brown, RB Morris, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Grayson Capps, Ken Johnson / Andi, David Ryan Harris, Caleb Caudle, Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, Annie Mack, Ben Glover, Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Toby Lightman, Noel McKay, Levi Lowrey, Wyatt Durrette (Yesterday’s Wine), Scott Miller, Dan Rodriguez, Rev Shawn Amos & the Brotherhood, Amy Rigby, Kristy Lee, Peter Bradley Adams, Jeff Black, Leigh Nash, Chris Stills, Mary Gauthier, Pat McGee, Towne, Susan Werner, Ross Newell, Liz Longley, Nicole Chillemi, Gurufish, Darden Smith, Crys Matthews, David Berkeley, Mary Bragg, Paul Burch, Pat Byrne, Leslie Mendelson, Granville Automatic,
Danielle Howle, Heather Maloney, Kalen & Aslyn, Max Gomez, Alex Guthrie, Charlie Mars, Michael McDermott, Abe Partridge, Alice Peacock, Diane Durrett, Phil Madeira, Chas Sanford, Bradley Cole Smith, Donnie Sundal, The Tall Pines, Michael Tolcher, Reed Waddle, Michelle Malone, The Kennedy’s, Troy Bieser, Barnaby Bright, Meaghan Farrell, The Young Fables, Seth Walker, Eliot Bronson, Heather Mae, Amy Speace, Alexa Rose, The Bittersweets, Robbie Hecht, Web Wilder, Peter Karp, Eddie 9V, Brendan Abernathy, Carolina Story, Cousin Curtiss, Wyatt Espalin, Diane, Gentile, Heather Lynn Horton, Nick Leet, Martha’s Trouble, Paul McDonald, Casey Noel, Parker & Parker, Sarah Peacock, Vanessa Peters, Molly Stevens, Nora Jane Struthers, Bruce Sudano, Webb Wilder, Laney Jones, James Gilmore, Chris Alvarado, Dave Franklin, Kyle Lamonica, Sammi Accola, Casey Kearney, Casey LeVasseur, The Mosleys, Jennifer Lynn Simpson, Mason Embers, Blake Guthrie, Jesse Terry, Krickets, Davin McCoy, Max McCann
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Aaron Lee Tasjan playing at 30a Songwriters Festival www.diningwithmimi.com
Go see this artist. He is exceptionally talented and unique in a special way. Visit web site for details on Aaron Lee Tasjan

3. Define your ideal listening venue. Keep in mind that its Coastal Florida in January. Do you prefer indoor or outdoor while jamming? If outdoor, bring an extra wrap or portable blanket to share. Gloves, hats, scarves are great to layer up and layer off. Are you happy with standing room only or seating in a small or large listening room? If you scan the venue’s website ahead of time you will be happier with your choices.

Plan for nourishment and foodie options

Grill Man as adoring fan for Kim RIchey as she signs album www.diningwithmimi.com
Grill Man in full fan mode with Kim Richey.

4.0 It is all about the music. After a long day of listening to music food is vital. If you want adult beverages, food and water is part of your survival skills. Make time to eat in between venues or dine while listening to your favorite artist. Look at the menus for the locations that provide food and keep this in mind when creating your schedule. Grill Man’s entry into Hangry-Land is to be avoided. I still love him when he goes there but he loses his pleasing personality.

Seaside and Grayton Food and Beyond Options

Check out the random samplings available around the center of Seaside and on 30a from shopping to food trucks and air steams. Here are a few of the spots that we linger in occasionally.

Breakfast or Lunch: Black Bear Bread Co. has multiple locations but I love the Grayton spot for sure.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or NightcapBud & Alleys. The Pizza Bar, The Taco Bar and don’t forget to check out the Rooftop Bar for stunning views.

Gourmet Market- Modica Market Items are a bit pricey but the gourmet selection is amazing. There is something to be said for accessibility and not having to get back out into traffic or drive anywhere. Full range of wine, beer, pastries and most everything else that you will need for 30a Songwriters Festival 2022.

Clearly this is the “How to have a beach body” plan that I use.

How to travel from venue to venue during 30a Songwriters Festival?

5.0 Indeed if you plan to enjoy adult beverages, select your venues and housing accordingly. 30A Songwriters venues are distributed on 30a throughout South Walton. Hop on the bus Gus, you don’t need to discuss much. From limousines to Taxi, Uber or Lyft as needed make a plan, man and drop your keys.

Outdoor seating at The Fish House 30a venue for Songwriters Festival 2022 www.diningwithmimi.com

If my memory serves I recall more than one unnamed group riding a bicycle to see shows. Of course, this is only a good idea for shows during the day. Also, keep in mind that you don’t want a PWI- Peddling While Intoxicated. No one wants to land on the news for evading police on a low-speed-pursuit.

Chris Stills at The Fish House venue for 2020 30a Songwriters Festival Mimis Tips to Navigate 30a Songwriters Festival
Plan a date of quiet contemplation and listen to his tunes.

Find the musician that you will love next

6.0 Plan to attend the acts that you really want to see. If you think that this artist is crazy popular and the venue is small, go early and stake a spot. Otherwise you risk standing in a long line for the one group that you didn’t want to miss.

Never underestimate the zeal of groupies to get up close and personal with you while trying to get closer to the object of their affection. Meanwhile, you may discover a new artist to love. Grill Man and I have discovered several artists using this method for example the dreamy Chris Stills, lovely Liz Longley and dynamic Reverend Shawn Amos and The Brotherhood.

More than once I have been surprised by the exceptional musicianship of a band that I had never heard of. As an example a Nu Grass Band was playing at AJ’s which for us was the “band before the band we wanted to see”. Old Salt Union came out and rocked the house. Much to my rock-n-roll and R & B soul, I actually liked it. After the encore was over, the crowd started throwing money on the stage for them to keep playing.

Reverend Shawn Amos  standing on table playing with The Brotherhood at The Fish House venue for 30a Songwriters Festival
Trust me when I say The Rev wants you to join his “Blues Congregation”

What about Covid and 30a Songwriters Festival?

7. Last year covid killed the festival and left many avid music lovers in mourning. This year the festival has implemented a new covid policy “requiring valid ID, Vaccine card or proof of professionally administered negative covid tests within 72 hours of festival for all artists, volunteers or ticket holders. ” The Watercolor box office will issue wristband for use during the weekend.

8. Since this year the wristbands will also include a chip that allows you to upload credit card data to easily pay for food, drinks, merch etc. The press release was unclear to me if this was at all locations or a select few. If you choose to use this feature “you can count on shorter faster lines and contact free transactions.” Of course the cynic in me wants to know if I would be tracked during event? How will this information be used, sold and how safe is the data? Inquiring minds…..

What else should I need to bring ?

9.Of course pack an emergency travel kit ahead of time. Here are a few options for your travel pack:

Snacks, protein bars, waters, headache or allergy meds, portable phone charger, rain poncho, antiseptic wipes, batteries for camera or charger, phone charger, disposable cameras, gloves, extra wool wraps and flask of your favorite “patience-juice”

10. While enjoying the festival take time to enjoy the lovely natural settings around 30a. All along the water ways, nature is calling you for a walk on the beach or in one of the State Parks. Go early and get your walking miles in before the music starts and the calories pile up.

Check out one of the worlds Dune Lakes located off 30a just off the walking trail

Enjoy it all while it lasts

Clearly, if you arrive to 30a Songwriters Festival with a plan you will be able to make the most of the event. Keep in mind, planning is a guide only. Be flexible and adapt as necessary. The best discoveries will surprise you when you allow yourself to be open. Do not let Mother Nature’s curve balls or long lines ruin your pleasing personality. Be kind and lean into the joy of live music. Celebrate that you are alive and on your way to another live show despite Messy Rona.

In summary, I hope that Mimis tips to navigate 30a Songwriters Festival 2022 may help you avoid rookie mistakes. Check out my impressions from the past of 30a Songwriters Festival for additional tips. Mimi’s Tips to Navigate 30aSongwriters Festival 2020

Grasshopper, seek first to know your own journeys beginning and end…But in this seeking, know patience.”

– Master Po.

Alexa, shout out to Paul Simon, 50 Ways to Leave your Lover

Southern Zipper Peas and More From Mimi’s Table

This season is a great time to mix up the menu and try a few new recipes. Please use Southern Zipper Peas and More from Mimi’s Table as a guide. My recipes are easy for anyone to cook. Whether you find cooking a joy or a pain, it is always good to try something new. Be adventurous with your cooking.

Is cheeseburgers on your menu?

Not long ago my Bonus Mom suggested that we cook cheeseburgers instead of making a big fuss. Smiling first at the thought of putting my feet up while Grill Man organized the grill, I thought about it for a minute. I replied that her son and others would rebel if cornbread dressing and pecan pie went MIA. My Bonus Mom’s Pecan Pie needs it’s own James Beard Award. (Recipe under the dessert section)

Even I know she loves cheeseburgers. Although it was all about making sure that we didn’t make a fuss. Yet, even when I tire myself out in the kitchen, I am where I want to be. Cooking is a labor of love that I enjoy sharing with my family and friends. Hopefully Southern Zipper Peas and more from Mimi’s table will help with a few suggestions to make your dining table special.

Having guests over may add to your list of duties. Early planning will help you reduce kitchen mayhem. As you know Mr. Mayhem only arrives when you need him the least and company is heading your way. One of my latest recipes will come in handy because it is best prepared days in advance so that the flavors blend. If you like coleslaws or marinated salads, you will enjoy this recipe.

Company's coming Premade Steeped Side Salad www.diningwithmimi.com

Easy Make Ahead Side Dishes From Scratch

Entertaining for family or friends is one of my joys. Along with it of course is a lot of extra work but it is worth it. Set aside time to dine slowly with your loved ones and enjoy real conversations. Start a revolution, have everyone leave their phone in the car. What? Is it possible?

Recently, I watched a movie about three adult children returning home for the holidays and the drama that usually ensues in “some homes”. This movie included standard sibling rivalry, aging parents, grandchildren running amok and other chaotic events. If this scene creates dejavu for you , even to the point of secretly desiring proof of your adoption papers. My plan would be to feed them well and have adult beverages on hand.

At least while you share a meal you may find something in common. Entire dinner party conversations could surround the safety of food talking points. From the local food sourcing and farms to the complexities of the wine served. While dining ask everyone to share their favorite food memory or favorite dish and latest food love.

Food is something that we should be able to agree on without coming to blows. Stay away from politics, covid, and other long standing taboo family topics. I certainly could curate a conversation around food. Food is a safe subject, right?

Antique platter and soup tureen filled with Old Southern Rice Dressing www.diningwithmimi.com
Delicious new side for your holiday table

Desserts just make us happy

No dinner table is complete without dessert. Desserts just make us happy. Whether you let them eat cake, brownies, pie or cookies you will need a sweet treat. Desserts are another great recipe to bake ahead of event and set aside. All your best days should include dessert even if it’s only a kiss.

Never Fail Spirited Italian Rossa Bundt Cake www.diningwithmimi.com
Drizzling Buttery Glaze from Antique mini pitcher for Never Fail Spirited Italian Rossa Bundt Cake
Photo of Southern Pies and Florals in Cigar Box www.diningwithmimi.com
Southern Pies you should make soon

If chocolate is your love, the dessert category has several options for you to bake and serve. Top dessert off with a side of ice cream, coffee and Kahlua and call it a day.

Southern Zipper Peas and More from Mimi’s Table is only an sampling of the many choices listed on the site. Review the archives to see what you may have missed. If there is something that you would like to see in the future, please let me know.

Southern Comfort Oh That Chocolate Pie www.diningwithmimi.com
Southern Comfort Oh That Chocolate Pie
Serve dessert on platter for Nutty Fudgy Indulgent Pecan Bar www.diningwithmimi.com

Company’s Coming- Premade Steeped Side Salad

Why fret when planning a gathering? Prepare my Company’s Coming-Premade Steeped Side Salad. This side salad must be premade in order to steep and extract the flavors. If you have house guests visiting for a few days, it is always nice to have dishes that are easy or a premade side salad. Visit the web site for additional recipes for your table, Turkey pairing, Southern Side Dish.

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Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad

Earlier in the year the pears blossom from my ever industrious trees as an announcement. The tiny pears grow slowly day by day soaking up every ounce of rain and sunshine. By the time, Hades has announced on the Gulf Coast the pears are ripe. My Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad recipe is just really good.

Pear trees are loaded to such a point that I almost panic annually at the sheer magnitude of pears. Typically I offer pears to every one that I see like a town crier.”Pears, pears, come get your pears.” Occasionally my friends will take me up on the pears and I sign a bit of relief.

The Lords Prayer for pears www.diningwithmimi.com

The “waste not want not” rings in my head like a battle cry from my Mother. Clearly, I truly am able to process, give away and eat only so many pears. Naturally, the local wildlife shows up and partakes of their fair share of the August Pears. Natures bounty is always plentiful and I am happy to share.

What can you create with pears?

What do I create with all of those pears? Pears are a great snack and loaded in healthy vitamins and minerals. Studies have noted that eating pears and apples daily will help ward off strokes. Everyone needs to be heart healthy, so eat your pears. While researching the health benefits of pears, I discovered lots of useful data.

Fresh pears peeled and chopped for Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad  www.dininggwithmimi.com

In addition to all of the health benefits of eating pears, apparently eating pears may also help with hangovers. UK’s Andrew Griffin from Independent suggested “Pears can keep cholesterol down” and “work as an anti-inflammatory — as well as stopping people getting so drunk.” What? Pears for everybody.

Between the pear snacks, preserves, tarts and tomato pear relish, I needed a salad. After much thought, I settled on Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad recipe. Fresh raw broccoli mixed in with pears and other bold flavors marries together well.

Dining With Mimis Rustic Pear Tart www.diningwithmimi.com
Rustic Pear Tart

How I created Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad

In my past work life a co-worker had shared a Broccoli Salad that I enjoyed. Over the years, I have tried several variations on broccoli salad. Of course I am sure that I have made it a hundred times. Pam’s version of broccoli salad was a great recipe as is. Yet, over the years, I had tossed the bacon. As much as I love bacon, I think it got lost in the salad. Does a salad really need bacon? My friend Pierre would say, “Yes, salad needs bacon desperately.”

In addition to reducing bacon, I had also reduced the mayonnaise and sugar. For awhile, I wanted to adapt this recipe but nothing really settled in my mind as an improvement. With my August pears clamoring for recipe selection, it finally dawned on me to add pears to the Broccoli Salad.

Turquoise Roseville Pottery bowl loaded with fresh chopped broccoli, red onions and pears www.diningwithmimi.com

Fresh raw broccoli is a great first start to a salad. Once I added in the pears and red onion the rest of the recipe flowed. With the addition of the pears and candied jalapenos a sweet heat ensued which allowed me to lower the white sugar. A sharp cheddar cheese tossed in with fish sauce and cayenne added the balance of the flavors for Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad.

Turquoise Roseville Pottery filled with Broccoli Salad and candied jalapeno www.diningwithmimi.com

This recipe is versatile and will pair well with most proteins. This recipe is on the list of “make ahead and set aside” which is perfect for entertaining. Eating raw fruit and vegetables provides the most nutrition. Trust me, you need pears in your life. If you have space in your yard, plant a couple of pear trees. This will allow you to grow organic pears.

Of course, it will take a while for the trees to bear fruit but it is so worth it. Fresh fruit is versatile for snacks, baking, salads and savory recipes. If Mother Earth has created it your body must need it. From sun kissed pears to Unprocessed Candied Jalapeno August Pears Broccoli Salad, eat a pear.

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  1. Wash broccoli well to remove any debris. On a cutting board using a knife cut just past flower head. Peel the stem and toss the peelings. Slice the stem into three pieces and then chop small. Cut 1/2 inch slices into broccoli flower head and then chop small. Add all to large mixing bowl.
  2. Cut peeled pears into 4 slices. Using a paring knife remove the core and toss. Chop pears until you have a small chop. Add the pears to the broccoli party.
  3. Add in red onion to the mixing bowl and stir well.
  4. Add in all the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover the salad and allow to marinate a minimum of 4 hours. The flavors really start to meld together the longer they mingle.
  5. Lagniappe: In order to serve a large crowd, a food processor may be used to chop the vegetables. Be sure to put a small amount in the food processor and pulse in batches. Empty contents into bowl and repeat.
  6. Serving Suggestions- This recipe will serve well as a salad, side dish or snack.

Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island

Snapper Downtime on Dauphin Island is part of our annual retreat from it all. This is an annual stay-cation for us. Yet it is fairly close to our home and work so we are able to manage both. Certainly, if you own a business, the ugly truth is that you never ever ever really get away from it all.

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Mimi’s Outsider Chef Culinary Tips- Dill

Mimi’s Outsider Chef Culinary Tips-Dill is a cheat sheet for using fresh dill. As a learn-at-home cook, constant cookbook reader, trial by error practitioner or outsider chef, I am a learn as you go girl. Using fresh herbs in your food is another way to improve nutrition, health and increase layers of flavor with minimal calorie increase.

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April 2020 with Hoda Wan Kenobi

May left me rapidly but April 2020 with Hoda Wan Kenobi advice may help you ease into June. My Hoda Kotb #IReallyNeededThisToday project has caused me to daily reflect and wonder more about the world around me. In our world today we have covid and unrest adding to our daily lives, as Funny Girl says, “Its about to get real.”

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Let them eat, Berry Me Naked Cake

Happy Friday. I hope that you and yours will have a great weekend. Remember, to stay safe but go outside and soak up the sunshine. Take a walk in the park with your love. Plan a meal and let them eat, Berry Me Naked Cake.

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Mimi’s Outsider Chef Culinary Herb Tips- Basil

In the beginning before you learn how to make magic in the kitchen, it all seems overwhelming. I refer to my type of professionally untrained cooking skills as “Outsider Chef”. Learning to cook is a process that requires reading, cooking, practice and more practice. Mimi’s Outsider Chef Culinary Herb Tips- Basil will guide you to grow and use this herb.

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