The 3rd Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The 3rd Annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival 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.

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!

Rhubarb Pancake Breakfast

The day began at 8 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.

Rhubarb Celebration and Sale

Strawberry rhubarb pie, rhubarb ice cream, strawberry rhubarb cupcakes, rhubarb cookies, strawberry rhubarb crisp, rhubarb turnovers, rhubarb coffeecake. Yum.

The Lenox Rhubarb Festival can satisfy your craving for rhubarb like Grandma used to make. All items are hand-made from local bakers. These and other rhubarb-baked goods will be for sale (while supplies last) beginning at 10 a.m.

Enjoy rhubarb juice and raspberry rhubarb soda. Re-live your childhood with raw rhubarb and sugar. Purchase some fresh, local rhubarb and a recipe booklet to make your favorite rhubarb dish at home.

You can get advice from our local rhubarb expert on growing your own and take home a plant or two so you can enjoy this nutritious, organic, and sustainable vegetable from your own backyard.

These local vendors brought rhubarb good to the Rhubarb Festival:

Sweet Treats

Berkshire Bakes

The Sweetish Baker

Firefly New American Bistro

Ventfort Hall

Mary’s Kitchen

les collines

Cafe Lucia



Scott Harrington, Hortoculturist

Rhubarb Chili Contest

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:

Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort and


These Lenox restaurants also contributed delicious rhubarb chilis:

Cafe Lucia

Firefly New American Bistro

Haven Cafe and Bakery

The Olde Heritage Tavern