Adirondack Harvest Sponsors Rutabaga Festival, Aug. 31

KEENE The First Annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival, sponsored by Adirondack Harvest and the Adirondack Farmers Market Cooperative, will be held at Marcy Field in the town of Keene from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. The rutabaga comes from Sweden where the climate is comparable to the Adirondacks. This hardy, tasty and adaptable vegetable thrives in our sometimes harsh climate. Part turnip, part cabbage, this versatile vegetable can be served in salads, as an ingredient in desserts and breads, as rutabaga chips or fries, mashed alone or with a variety of potatoes or as a component in entrees. With culinary imagination, the results are endless. On Aug. 31 several chefs will prepare their favorite rutabaga dish which will be sampled by attendees. Other rutabaga delicacies will be available for sampling. There will be prizes for the largest, best decorated and most unique rutabaga grown in the Adirondack Park. In addition, there will be music, games and other festivities including the coronation of the Rutabaga King and Queen. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. 4x50 Rutabaga Relay (for all ages) 10:30 a.m. High Peaks Hula Hoop championship and other games 11 a.m. Rutabaga Contest (largest, most unique and best decorated) Must be grown in the Adirondacks and arrive for judging no later than 10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Rutabaga Cooking Demonstration by Adirondack Chefs 12:30 p.m. Coronation of the Rutabaga King and Queen During the week prior to and after the Great Adirondack Festival, local restaurants will be featuring rutabaga specialties. For more information on this event, contact Laurie Davis, Adirondack Harvest Coordinator at 962-4810 ext. 404 or e-mail lsd22@cornell.edu.

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