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Arts Beats and Eats 2010 – Royal Oak

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Arts Beats and Eats (check the site for the music lineup) moved to Royal Oak this year, while it was previously held in Pontiac. I love Royal Oak, and I was really excited. So, Sunday, we got there around 3. Couldn’t find parking (even paid) anywhere close, so we parked in a lot next to i96. Parking on the side streets required permits for residents ( good idea). Guess how much parking was? $15. Yes, fifteen dollars. Which on top of, we had to walk for like a mile. Granted I know every time its the first of something there are kinks that need to be ironed out, but $15 is crazy for parking.

SO, we get there. Guess what? A line. A line for what? An entrance fee. How much? $3. Fine, whatever. But once you are inside, you realize 1/2 the booths were advertisers (in case you were looking for insulation for your attic between band sets). So why the entrance fee then?

Anyways, we get in there, where is the ART? Um, no maps or signs so it took over 1/2 hour to figure out where everything was. At that point I was like, whatever, here to have fun, here to chill, move on. Ok. But guess what, you could not move! You couldn’t look. You couldn’t stop. You were jam packed in a sea of humans.

Apparently they didn’t expect that many people. Well, then don’t have it on Washington street. Which is one street off Main St. This time I couldn’t take great pics. Remember the Plymouth Art fair?

Here goes…

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

This pic was of the thinnest crowds.lol.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

One of the koolest things there…
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

The view from behind the tents into the vending stands.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Did you know Hour magazine is based out of Royal Oak?

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Ok, my favorite parts of any festival / fair. The art. I didn’t even come close to taking pics of everything, but some of my favs were these custom cutting boards. Crazy right?
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

The one thing about the art is, I wish they would bring more up and coming artists in. Some paintings were thousands of dollars. Michigan’s young artists need the exposure, and then we could actually buy something! I’m not going to spend 350$ on a signed print.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Then the Food. Sorry, but it was terrible. Terrible lines, terrible selections and not vegetarian / kosher / halal friendly. This basically meant we were stuck at this truck, especially since we had already bought 16 tickets (non-refundable) for $10 (which is the minimum).

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

Stuck with this menu (and yes, it says chicken on a stick):

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

So, we ended up with oily heavy elephant ear ($5)

Arts Beats & Eats 2010

And oily soggy cheese fries. I love fries. If they were crunchy and good I really would’ve been happy especially since we skipped breakfast looking forward to ABE. The cheese was watery too. Weird. Oh, and guess what, this much for $5.
Arts Beats & Eats 2010

It’s not my style to hate. But really, I was seething that day. I felt ripped off, tired, and disappointed. It wasn’t even about the money. It was the principle. Don’t charge me for all this, make me eat soggy fries, tell me the band doesn’t start till 5:30, waste 4 hours of my life, have no maps and THEN bombard me with advertisers. Get it straight. We are not dumb.

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This article has 5 comments so far!

  1. Tom says —

    It was so crowded. It was really bad. I agree. I'll give them another chance next year, since it was the first year in Royal oak.

  2. jooooo says —

    whatever that guy is painting on the wall is kewl.

  3. KARLA says —

    ewww..thos friez look dizguzting.

  4. JD says —

    Sounds like an inherently negative person and is likely impossible to make happy. I was there all day on Sunday and had a great time and loved all of the food. It was like a Chicago Street Fair – GREAT TIME!

  5. ++Mira++ says —

    Actually, I am the least negative person around. I call it as I see it. If you read my other posts you will see I rarely smash something unless it is really called for. It was terribly unorganized, and I stick to it. If you were somehow involved in the event, you should maybe take some notes. I also meant no attack on the workers just to be clear. Whatever creates Michigan jobs I am down with!

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