Walla Walla Sweets

Walla Walla Sweet Onions are in season and their very own Sweet Onion Festival in Walla Walla, Washington kicks off tomorrow and goes through this weekend July 17-18, 2010.  The 26th annual festival features Live Music, an incredible “Kid-Zone”, Mouth-Watering Barbeque, vendors, a Farmers Market, the “Chef’s Challenge” culinary event, and “Sweet Skip”.   For the second year in a row, the highly anticipated, much sought after tickets for “Sweet Skip” will allow participants to visit 10 downtown eateries utilizing the wonderful Walla Walla Sweet!  If you want to catch the fun, take a peek at all the schedule of events  planned for this fun weekend held to honor Washington’s State Vegetable, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion.    

For an update on this year’s crop I spoke to Walla Walla Sweet Onion Committee’s Director of Marketing, Kathy Fry.  “Our harvest started about 3 weeks late this year but everything is going well.  Yield and quality are great!  As for the festival we will be serving “Bloomin’ Onions” and “Caramel Onions”—just like with Caramel Apples; and a salsa bar with 3 different types all using Walla Wallas.”  Thanks Kathy, good luck with this year’s festival and the remainder of harvest.  

Here’s a few pictures from past festivals.   

Kids Onion Bowling. Now that's a strike! Grilling 'em up Walla Walla style

Kids Onion Art

 Festivals are known for good food and fun, but onion festivals are the best!  Imagine that, the Onionista likes onion festivals best.  Who’d a thunk it, eh?  

Well – all kidding aside, so much talk about onions and the fact that it’s darn hot outside has made me hungry.  Here’s what I’m looking forward to making tonight:  Onion, Cucumber and Tomato salad!  Viva La Onions!

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