Rosendale, Sweet Rosendale: The Pickle Festival Of All Pickle Festivals Returns
If there is one “a-ha” moment that I can point to which defines why I started a pickle company, it would have to be winning the blue ribbon for Best In Show at the 2001 Rosendale International Pickle Festival. Up until that point, pickling was for me a lark… a fun hobby, a great way to experiment in the kitchen. The blue ribbon for my Windy City Wasabeans was a kind of validation that I didn’t even realize I was looking for, but once it happened, I became very focused on pickling.
The Rosendale Pickle Festival is the brainchild of Bill and Cathy Brooks, who originally organized it as a fun way to entertain guests from Japan. A dozen years later, it is must-attend for all the pickle people in the region and their legions of fans. In addition to the pickle contest, there is a pickle toss and a pickle-juice drinking contest, which is not for the faint of stomach.
In the early years, I used Rosendale as a kind of focus group to see which pickle ideas that I thought were cool were also appreciated by the community.
Now, it’s a wonderful milemarker and and something to look forward to every single year. I hope you can make it this weekend. I’ll be circling back to this post to add more details when time allows.