October 22

This past weekend was the last festival in Roscoe Village for the year. The Apple Butter Festival. It is the biggest one. Why? I don’t know, I just live here!

It could be because they make apple butter outside in a copper kettle, over a wood fire, stirring it with a wood stick. He looks happy to be there, don’t ya think?

It could be because they have lots of pottery for sale.

It could be for the entertainment. These guys were playing old folksy music.

These guys were playing young country music on the opposite end of the road. I called it the dueling entertainment.

I, however, was a bit more interested in the jelly samples,

and the apple butter samples,

and the dip samples,

and dipping oil, and wine jelly samples.

How about some cheese?

Barbecue? Bruchetta? Pirogies? Spaghetti sauce?

I was inexplicably drawn to this particular sampling tent. It sucked me in like some sort of invisible vacuum cleaner, and spit me out right in front of this table. See that plate in the middle? Tiny bits of Buckeyes. I had 2. I was going to sample each and every one, but I was afraid the hubbie would drag me out of there kicking and screaming, and I am just not into making  a scene.

I didn’t purchase any because I can make any of this sinfully delicious stuff at home for a fraction of the cost, but why would I want to do that, when I can have the hubbie purchase me Hershey’s any time I want.

So there you have it. A small taste ~~I crack myself up~~of the Apple Butter Festival.

If you were there tasting, which item would you have wanted to taste the most?

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12 thoughts on “October 22”

  1. I would definitely have to try the buckeye. I didn’t even know buckeyes existed until I visited my friend in Ohio and she gave me an OS Buckeye sweatshirt. Then I came home and found out my son’s pediatrician is a Buckeye.

    That’s all I know.

    You seem to go to many fesitvals and town-type things. I have no idea what’s going on in this town. I need to get out more, OR I need to read the paper or something. I would have been listening to the young country band for sure!

  2. I think I would have been tasting everything! We love “tasters”! The pirogies look delicious!

    We don’t go to many festivals and events here. I usually don’t hear about them until the event has passed or the entrance fee’s are too much for our family. There was a civil war re-enactment this weekend but it had a $5 admission fee. It would have cost us about $30! Too much I think.

  3. Hey, just noticed the photo of the cheese sampling table was “heini’s cheese chalet”. Have you ever been? I love that place! We’re going to try to make it over there for K’s dairy section in the next two weeks of her class, because we LOVE their samples and to watch them make cheese. I don’t suggest trying their homemade ice cream in the gift shoppe though…I love homemade ice cream and theirs isn’t that great.

    We live about 35-40 minutes away from there. If you are wanting some superbly delicious home made ice cream, go to Walnut Creek Cheese in Walnut Creek. That will knock your socks off!!!

  4. Yum, chocolate covered pretzels! Definitely!

    Hey, I know you like pictures of sunRISES, but go to my blog and see the one of the sunSET. It’s gorgeous!

  5. Thanks for the tip, I used to live in Missouri and they had the BEST homemade ice cream and I’m always trying to find a place that offers something similar. To me, there is nothing better than good homemade butter pecan ice cream, but I’m picky, lol. I think I’ve seen the Walnut Creek Cheese place when we were there before, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t stop there.
    Do you love the Amish Country as much as I do? You strike me as the type of lady who would be content to shop over there for hours looking at the hand-sewn quilts and crafts, am I right?

    Oh…yeah! We used to have Amish neighbors before we moved into town. Now we go up to Walnutcreek/Berlin/Millersburg area about once a month. It is only about 25 miles away, but it takes 40 because of back roads. I did the census in 2000, and I worked the Amish neighborhood. That was interesting. I got into arguments with a few Bishops, many of the men didn’t know how many kids they had or their ages, but one sweet lady taught me how to hand quilt. I loved it!

  6. I think I would have to sample it all. Remember hearing tales of great grandma, grandma, and your mother and I making Apple Butter? That is a story and a half.!!!!

  7. Hi,
    I love your blog and recipes…keep them coming!!
    Oh…and I would have tasted it ALL!!!
    Sounds like a yummy time!!

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