Piedmont Harvest Competition returning for twenty fourth yr subsequent month

PIEDMONT — The bounty of homegrown culmination, greens and herbs are at all times the superstar of town’s annual Harvest Competition, however the array of alternative actions Sept. 18 will spherical out a Sunday of a laugh for old and young at Piedmont Park.

Now in its twenty fourth yr, the pageant started merely as some way for house growers to show off the bounties from their gardens, have them tasted and revel in an afternoon of camaraderie. All are invited to go into their prized chutney, pickles, jam, breads and extra into the Piedmont Edibles contest to be sampled through professional tasters and in all probability garner a blue ribbon.

Seek advice from bayareane.ws/piedmontediblescontest on-line to obtain the edibles contest access shape and get details about contest regulations and classes. Vice Mayor Jen Cavenaugh will once more function a competition tasting pass judgement on.

“I like the Harvest Competition and am so thankful that this custom continues q4 in Piedmont,” she mentioned. “I’m so excited to once more function a tasting pass judgement on the place Piedmonters proportion the tastiest treats that pop out in their gardens and kitchens.

“A walk down Scarecrow Alley is (additionally) at all times a pleasure with numerous one-of-a-kind creations produced through Piedmont Unified college children and their households. The entire day strikes a chord in my memory of journeys to the county truthful when I used to be a child, most effective it occurs proper right here in Piedmont with out the farm animals.”

Whilst the judges are sampling the edibles, lots else will probably be occurring in Piedmont Park for households old and young to revel in. Whilst the Harvest Competition runs from 11 a.m. to a few p.m., a jazz pageant from midday to 4 p.m. will characteristic reside tune on degree through native musicians. The Piedmont Schooling Basis’s carnival may even go back this yr in complete swing, mentioned Chelle Putzer, Piedmont’s game director.

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Meals vehicles will probably be within sight for guests to shop for various succulent treats, generally together with Mediterranean, Mexican and Asian meals, smoothies and truffles. Or households can deliver their very own picnics to revel in at the park garden.

Group workforce tables will probably be to be had on a restricted foundation for golf equipment or teams. Touch Jessica Pomey with the Piedmont Sport Division at 510-420-3070 to request a bunch desk.

The aforementioned Scarecrow Alley is a precious custom on the Piedmont Harvest Competition. This yr’s theme is “That is Halloween!” Native scholars and their households craft fanciful scarecrows or ingenious critters to be auctioned off with proceeds reaping rewards Piedmont faculties.

The scarecrows, which want to be delivered the morning of the pageant, can also be made from papier-mâché or superhero costumes full of straw, for instance. Competition attendees who purchase the scarecrows or different improbable creatures are inspired to later put them on their porches for Halloween night time.

There will probably be an artwork display close to the tea area showcasing the works of many gifted native artists. Open to Piedmont citizens, touch Jane Reed at 510-654-2670 to post artwork for attention. You probably have too many lemons, tomatoes or every other homegrown culmination or greens, deliver them to the pageant’s crop switch desk, the place you’ll be able to depart one thing and take one thing else.

So as to add to the thrill, the weekend Harvest Competition will kick off with a loose, family-friendly Friday film within the park beginning at about 7:20 p.m. Sept. 16. Featured would be the film “Sing 2“ being proven at the town’s new 26-foot display. Mayor Teddy Grey King mentioned she seems to be ahead to the Harvest Competition annually.

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“The Harvest Competition is among the nice Piedmont occasions annually,” King mentioned. “It’s at all times a weekend of a laugh and neighborly just right cheer. I’m excited to be a taster.”

Linda Davis is an established Piedmont correspondent. Touch her with information pointers or feedback at [email protected]


What: The twenty fourth annual Piedmont Harvest Competition
When: 11 a.m. to a few p.m. Sept. 18
The place: Piedmont Park, on the foot of Highland Street in Piedmont
Price: Unfastened
Data: bayareane.ws/piedmontharvestfestival