Rhubarb Festival

May 17, 2012

Ingredients for Cafe Flora’s Chef Nat and his rhubarb cooking demonstration at the Columbia City Farmers Market

Seattle’s Columbia City Farmers Market held a Rhubarb Festival yesterday afternoon, and I headed down there on the Light Rail to check it out.  Part of the festivities included a cooking demonstration by Chef Nat of Cafe Flora, and he made a rhubarb compote served as an accompaniment to nettle ravioli with cashew cream sauce and sautéed vegetables.  He also made Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble and a cordial called Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz.  After his cooking demonstration, we got to sample all the recipes — I loved them all.

Jar of Rosemary-Rhubarb Chutney

There was also a Sweet vs. Savory Rhubarb Contest, and I entered a jar of Rosemary-Rhubarb Chutney using the recipe from one of my earliest blog posts.  (You can link back to it here.)  My entry won the Savory Division!  (I was awarded a subscription to Edible Seattle Magazine and a $15 farmers market gift certificate.)  Other contestants made rhubarb ceviche, rhubarb shortcake, rhubarb ice cream, tarts and quiche, pies, cakes, chutneys and compotes, etc.  The winner of the Sweet Division made rhubarb pop tarts, and the Best of Show was a rhubarb cardamom cake.  The staff at the Columbia City Farmers Market said that the winning recipes would be posted to their Facebook page.

Here are some photos from my day at the Columbia City Farmers Market:

The bell that opens the market at 3:00 p.m.

Flower vendor

This is a well-attended neighborhood market, one of several in Seattle.


Another shopper

Mushrooms for sale

Vendor arranging produce

Another shopper

Potatoes for sale

Cooking demo: rhubarb compote with homemade nettle ravioli, cashew cream sauce and sautéed vegetables

Rhubarb Contest entries

Contest judges Leslie Kelly (food writer) and Jill Lightner of Edible Seattle Magazine

Judge’s taste test

Another look at the contest table

Columbia City Farmers Market


16 Responses to “Rhubarb Festival”

  1. Shirley Says:

    Farmers markets are the best I always loved going and seeing all the vegetables, flowers and everything else.

  2. Chris Says:

    Wow, that mushroom photo is amazing!! The tasting judge in the third to last photo looks like she doesn’t really like what she’s tasting too much! 🙂
    Great photos!!

  3. Sandra Says:

    Congratulations! I still like your rhubarb pie the best though.

  4. sandy bessingpas Says:

    Congratulations-that sounds like a fun time

  5. Terri Lovins Says:

    beautiful photographs. this is “my” farmers market and you captured it wonderfully.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thank you! This was my first visit to the Columbia City Farmers Market. The U district Market is closer to my home. I was impressed by your lively market!

  6. Kelli Says:

    Hello — I had the “best in show” winning cake, and I must say – I just tauted the savory wonderfulness of your chutney on my Facebook page. Congratulations – I would never have thought of rosemary with rhubarb. Lovely, can’t wait to make it!

  7. thachnguyen1 Says:

    wow everything looks so good. Farmers markets are great for the neighborhood.

  8. thachnguyen1 Says:

    Farmers markets are so great! You get the best deals and local flavors. Great post!

  9. Sallyann Says:

    I like the potato picture. 🙂

  10. candice Says:

    Dang, I wish i had known about this. I just made a great batch of rhubarb pineapple chutney. But the other recipes sound great. I am a huge fan of chutneys:)

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