The 3rd Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival, on Saturday, May 28, 2016, drew 1250 visitors. It included:
- the first ever Rhubarb Pancake Breakfast,
- the Rhubarb Chili Contest starring the culinary creations of six local chefs, and
- the Rhubarb Celebration and Sale featuring rhubarb pies and other treats, rhubarb soda, rhubarb ice cream, recipe books, rhubarb plants, and fresh rhubarb.
Check out the recipes for some of the chilis on our Rhublog.
Thank you to all of our fantastic volunteers, vendors, and especially to the roughly 1,250 attendees. We hope to see you all again next year!
A traditional pancake breakfast, with a twist
The day began at 8:00 am with a Rhubarb Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Church on the Hill next door to their chapel at 55 Main Street, Lenox. They offered pancakes with rhubarb sauce, as well as sausages, juice and coffee. Adults were $5, Children under 10, $3. The breakfast was such as success that they ran out of pancake batter before 10:00 am.
So much to see, taste and enjoy
Rhubarb pies, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, bread pudding, jams, jellies, preserves, ice cream and sorbet were available for purchase, along with fresh local rhubarb, rhubarb recipe booklets and rhubarb plants, from these vendors:
2016 Participating Vendors:
- Berkshire Bakes (Pittsfield, MA)
- Firefly New American Bistro (Lenox, MA)
- Kimball Farms (Lenox, MA)
- les collines jelly & preserves (Craryville, NY)
- Mary’s Country Kitchen (Lenox, MA)
- Scoop (Lenox, MA)
- Sweet & Savoury on Main (Stockbridge, MA)
- Sweet Treats, Inc. (Medway, MA)
- The Sweetish Baker (Great Barrington, MA)
- Trinity Episcopal Church (Lenox, MA)
- Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum (Lenox, MA)
- Wheatleigh (Lenox, MA)
- Diane Gordon (Lenox, MA)
Scott Harrington of Lenox, horticulturalist and local rhubarb expert, was there to answer general questions about rhubarb. He also had plants for sale and advice on growing rhubarb.
“Great Rhubarb Recipes” by Nancy C. Ralston, published locally by Storey Press was offered for sale.
Congratulations to our winners!
This year’s Rhubarb Chili Contest ran from 10:00 am until nearly 2:00 pm in Library Park, 18 Main Street, Lenox. Six chefs from Lenox restaurants offered a variety of unique takes on chili, ranging from the traditional to the very different.
The winners this year, with a tie of 43 spoons each, were:
These Lenox restaurants also contributed delicious rhubarb chilis:
You can find recipes for some of the chilis in The Rhublog.