Summer’s officially here and Fourth of July is just around the corner. With outdoor craft and food festivals in full swing, I thought it would be fun to attend Jubilee Day yesterday and observe some of this year’s food trends and give out my own informal “awards” to this year’s stand-outs.
I first spotted this novelty last fall and I must say, the visual effect is impressive to say the least. And it looks like this new creation is here to stay.
Upon preparation of the drink, a dry ice plume of white magician smoke emerges from the colorful syrup. Evidently this effect is induced by perfectly safe CO2 nuggets, which also cools the drink to a desired temp. It is definitely an exciting change-up from the traditional smoothie.
Fried Oreo's and Deep Fried Cheese-On-a-Stick
Fresh Cut Fruit Cups
Sometimes food fair fruit cocktails are unappetizing and drab.
But encouragingly enough we spotted vibrant chunky freshly cut fruit cups for only $4 each. I would have eaten one of these healthy treats to offset the damage from the junk food we had if we hadn’t already slurped down a strawberry smoothie.
Samosas and Pakoras
In addition to the regular old kebobs and Chinese food, I also found several excellent Indian style food stands this year.
One without a particular name was full of a full family of members and was serving Samosas and Pakoras.
Samosas and Parkoras are fried vegetable fritters which usually contain a mixture of chopped eggplant, spinach and other vegetables which are combined with interesting semi-hot spices.
After trying a sample, I ordered a serving and it was served with yogurt and mint sauce.
It was quite an interesting change up to the traditional bland fried vegetables.
Tikka Summer Sauce
After munching on the samosas, I stopped by the Beyond the Spice Stand and had a few samples and picked up a jar of Tikka Summer Sauce for $8.
Flavored with tomatoes, onions, cashew, garlic and ginger, it packs a tasty medium heat and will make an easy summer supper added to chicken or fish.
They also offered a coconut sauce.
The sauce is from a Pennsylvania company located in Montgomeryville.
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On the way towards the car, I could not resist stopping at Miller’s Mustard.
The stand had a generous supply of tortilla chips and samples and allowed multiple shameless tastings of the large selection of hot sauces.
I tried chipotle hummus, white garlic barbeque sauce and hot cherry jelly.
After sampling each, I finally settled on Pepperelly Super Sassy Glaze to serve on top of cream cheese and crackers (I also spread on bland brown bag sandwiches too for a little bit of kick) and I picked up Apocalypse Sweet Habanero Hellfire Sauce for my husband who loves to burn his taste-buds to the limit.
Frozen Lemonade Smoothie
After all this hot food, I needed hydration. I ordered what I thought was a homemade shaken lemonade, but which actually turned out to be a frozen lemonade smoothie.
It was tangy and sweet and unbelievably refreshing. Little pieces of ground up lemon peel were sprinkled in the mix giving a little extra flavor and it was served with a mini umbrella. Other than a few tinges of brain freeze, it gave me the energy I need to walk back to the car after our fun day out.