The Fifth Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Lenox, Massachusetts. Rain or shine. Plenty of parking.
Annual celebration of Rhubarb, the cold loving fruit/vegetable: easy to grow, nutritious and low in calories. It can be incorporated into both sweet and savory dishes.
Join us as Rhubarb takes over scenic Lenox, Massachusetts.
Savory Rhubarb Contest
Be surprised by our rhubarb chili contest. Six Lenox chefs compete with their unique rhubarb chilis. You be the judge of the best!
Past contestants have included the chefs from:
- Haven Cafe and Bakery
- Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort
- Olde Heritage Tavern
- Cafe Lucia
- Firefly New American Bistro
- Kripalu Yoga Center
Rhubarb Celebration and Sale
Hand-made rhubarb pies, rhubarb-strawberry pies, crisps, turnovers, cupcakes, muffins, whoopee pies, pinwheels, and strawberry rhubarb jam will be offered for sale, along with rhubarb juice, rhubarb soda and fresh local rhubarb.
Past vendors have included: The Sweetish Baker (GB), Sweet & Savoury on Main (Stkbrg), Trinity Church (Lnx), Ventfort Hall (Lnx), Kimball Farms (Lnx), Berkshire Bakes (Ptfld), Firefly New American Bistro (Lnx) and Sweet Treats (Medway)
Buy a rhubarb plant from Scott Harrington of Lenox, local rhubarb expert, who will share good advice on growing it.
“Great Rhubarb Recipes” published locally by Storey Press will be for sale for $5.
The Rhubarb Festival began in 2013 to celebrate rhubarb. Suzanne W Pelton, a native of Lenox, grew up eating rhubarb from the back yard: stewed rhubarb and strawberry rhubarb pie. “The fruit (actually it’s a vegetable) is loaded with nutrition (17 vitamins and minerals), is low in calories and high in fiber. Just what we’re being encouraged to eat more of,” she says.
“It just grows in Western Mass. You can’t kill it unless you mow over it repeatedly,” she says. “And it waits patiently to be harvested without getting too big or too tough like cucumbers and string beans. It’s the perfect homegrown vegetable. How is it that cranberries became a national dish but rhubarb made so little impact? I’m learning ways to use it in savory cooking. The rhubarb chili at the Festival is a way to introduce people to that notion. We’ll have a couple of other savory rhubarb items too.”
“Most people don’t make pies anymore,” says Ms. Pelton. “They remember loving their grandmother’s or mother’s strawberry rhubarb pie. As children, they ate stalks of rhubarb dipped in sugar. After the older generation has passed away, they can’t find homemade rhubarb pies. There’s a big hole in them where rhubarb pie is supposed to be. The Rhubarb Festival aims to fill that void.”