Minneapolis Annual Cray Fest 2017

So earlier this month I had the privilege of photographing Cray Fest 2017 for Smack Shack!  It was held in the North Loop of Minneapolis, right outside of the restaurant and this year marked 5 years of the annual festival. 

There was a cray fish eating contest, all-you-can-eat crayfish boil, a plethora of beer (thanks to Surly Brewing Co., Fulton Brewery, Indeed Brewery, and Fair State Brewing Cooperative). Plus Captain Morgan hurricanes-along with the Captain himself.  Live music performed by Steeling Dan, Viva Knievel, Private Oats, and Chase and Ovation.  

When photographing events, I usually don't get to partake in any of the festivities-but this particular one was different.  I was able to eat unlimited amounts of food and drink an unlimited amount of beer/hurricanes (which, let's be honest, "unlimited" for me consists of 2 drinks).  Conjoining alcohol and photography isn't something that I can say I've really ever done before-but if there was ever a time to use my auto-focus, this day was it.