Little Bar’s annual Spammy Jammy on Saturday

Little Bar Restaurant

205 Harbor Place, Goodland, FL

It’s Spammy Jammy time, the Little Bar’s 13th annual peace offering event, taking place Saturday, that’s meant to appease the Atlantic Basin Hurricane goddesses so they’ll by-pass Goodland and wreak havoc somewhere else like _______ (insert any town you hate in the space). Your Marco Eagle reporter thought the event had another practical purpose: To give people who stockpiled non-perishables like 40 cans of Spam in their Hurricane Season 2007 survival stash a reason to use them up by molding, carving and squishing blocks of Spam into glistening, greasy creations. Thus, the newly opened space in their closets would now be empty and ready to stockpile fresh, unexpired cans of Spam in case the voodoo didn’t work.

Jenni, (with an i) the general manager of the Little Bar wasted no time in giving us the lowdown and setting us straight. “We dress in our finest pajamas because usually the storm comes in the middle of the night and knocks the power out, “ Jenni explained, You’re sitting there in the dark in your pajamas and eating Spam because there’s no power and you can just eat Spam right out of the can.” That’s how it came about during a hurricane and no power, Jenni related, and people were helping each other out in the aftermath. “That’s when it was decided to have the party the following year so the goddesses would be kind and spare our little community.”

We inquired if there were rules to be followed if anyone wanted to participate? “Of course there are rules,” she replied, “It’s a competition!” Apparently, there’s a professional division the local restaurants enter with a sculpture or an edible dish, and a local division for the local residents. “We set the restaurants apart. Last year Guy Verdi prepared a home-made Spam ravioli with chipotle sauce – it was delicious,” Jenni said, noting that people would be bringing in their entries all day long on Saturday. Many others will be arriving by 6:30 p.m. when Merrill Allen starts to play, and the Raiford Starke Band comes on at 9 p.m.

“We’ll have toilet paper races and be giving out prizes going on all night long.” Jenni said, adding the celebrity judges have dinner when they come in before they start judging the entries and the results are tallied at 10 p.m. “Then I announce the winners and I start drinking!”

Don’t know where Little Bar is? You can find it at 205 Harbor Place in Goodland. If you have any questions call 394 5663.

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