Rhubarb festival set for this weekend in Warrensburg

WARRENSBURG-The woman well-known locally for her persistence in promoting events has launched a rhubarb festival, and she is looking forward to area cooks and food fans to celebrate the vegetable this weekend.

The first annual Rhubarb Festival of the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers' Market is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 24 at the market's site on River Street in Warrensburg.

Locally grown rhubarb will be available, along with tastings of rhubarb recipes. A rhubarb cooking contest is also planned, event planner and market coordinator Teresa Whalen said.

"We're trying to de-mystify rhubarb, which is really a versatile vegetable," Whalen said.

Recipes and samplings of dishes featuring the delicacy will also be offered. Attendees are welcome to bring their favorite rhubarb dish for all to taste - and win a prize.

"There are so many great potential uses for rhubarb," she said, mentioning desserts, chutneys and sauces.

Not only will information be available on how to prepare rhubarb, but Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand offering tips on growing the plant.

These special offerings are joined by the market's weekly fare, including locally grown produce, maple syrup, flowers, herbs, wine, baked goods, cheese, organic meats, poultry, plants, crafts, and specialty goods.

The event will feature live music performed in the Farmer's Market gazebo. For details, e-mail: taawhalen@yahoo.com or call 466-5497.

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