This is somewhat of a departure – the Rhubarb Festival in Aledo is over, you can’t run out there and eat because it all sounds so good. BUT – you just have to keep it in mind for next year, the first weekend in June. Delicious homemade food, all day long, at so-reasonable prices, and a lot of things to do and see, not to mention nice friendly people enjoying it all as much as you will. It’s Under-$10 dining and a day’s worth of entertainment!
First, don’t miss the Fire Dept.’s Pancake Breakfast, which this year started at 6AM. It’s strictly donation – be generous, you’ll get your money’s worth, as in 2 huge pancakes, a large sausage patty and a choice of beverages. In keeping with the rhubarb theme, there were 2 great sauces you could put on your pancakes besides syrup. One was blueberry/rhubarb and the second was rhubarb/strawberry/pineapple – both were wonderful, but the rhubarb/strawberry/pineapple had to be the best ever. This combination of fruits set the theme for the whole day – so many fruits were mixed with rhubarb, to create wonderful desserts.
You would think that a hearty breakfast would help you watch your budget while walking around all the rhubarb bakesales in the town square. You would think so – I wish it were true. The fact is, there were so many wonderful homemade desserts, with rhubarb as the star, that the only thing that may limit you is the room in your freezer! Cobblers, breads, pies, crunches. cookies, muffins, decorative cupcakes, jams, dumplings – it would be impossible to remember all that was available. The people putting on this festival deserve a real pat on the back, for all the work they must put in every year to offer what they do.
And certainly don’t pass up all the flea and craft booths,also in the town square. It was very impressive – such a wonderful selection of items, and all at very reasonable prices. It was actually pretty surprising. There was a cute petting zoo, pony rides, a whole list of activities going on all day and night Friday and Saturday, and music from the band shell adding a pleasant note to everything. And a definite sense of humor – a booth set up for the kids, where they could make soapbox derby cars out of rhubarb, and actually race them on a track!
Are you hungry again? Then hit the food fairway. Yes, there were a few stands that you see at every fair and festival. But they were few and far between. Otherwise, there were local food venders offering all kinds of meat dishes – steaks, burgers, ribs, chicken, tenderloins, hotdogs, brisket, and even hamburger and brisket horseshoes. The worst things for people watching their chloresterol, and VERY addictive. Eat hearty for under $10.00.
Mark you calender for the first weekend in June, make lots of room in your freezer, and come out to Aledo for one of the best local festivals around!