Monday, May 30, 2011

Eat Your Way Across America: 50 Festivals, 50 States-- Part 5: Out West

From the May 22nd Parade Magazine.

13. LEBANON STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL-- LEBANON, ORE., JUNE 2-5-- Began 1909 when strawberries cost two to four cents a pound. They make a giant shortcake that feeds 15,000 using 1,000 pounds of the stuff.

14. CZECH DAYS-- TABOR, SD, JUNE 16-18-- Founded by Czech residents who began coming here in 1869. Signature sweet is the kolache, a fruit-filled pastry. You can burn off those calories in the polka dance-off.

15. NORTHWEST RASPBERRY FESTIVAL-- LYNDEN, WASH, JULY 15-16-- Two-thirds of US grown raspberries come from Whatcom County, home to Lynden. Pies, sundaes and wine.

16. GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL-- GILROY, CA, JULY 29-31-- Garlic bread, garlic fries, froglegs, WATERMELON? and free garlic ice cream. I don't know about those last two.

17. OLATHE SWEET CORN FESTIVAL-- OLATHE, COLO., AUG 5-6-- Hot days, cool nights and glacier-fed fields said to produce some of America's sweetest sweet corn. For the price of admission, eat all the cobs you want.

18. HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL-- TROUT CREEK, MONTANA, AUG 12-14-- They call huckleberries the "blueberry with attitude." You can get it in shakes, ice cream, cheesecake, chocolates and pancakes. Then listen to contenders in the elk bugling contest. Last year, kids blowing through the hose of a vacuum cleaner won.

Wonderin' What They'll Blow Next. --RoadDog

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