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yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 01:30 PM

Hi Chowhounds, I'm in the midst of planning an lavender festival in June in southern California.

So far on the menu, we have some staples from previous festivals such as BBQ chicken and beef brisket sandwiches, burgers, chicken kebabs, and corn on the cob. We'll also be selling fresh made kettle corn and lavender ice cream.

What are your favorite types of festival food? And is there anything you'd like to see specifically at a lavender festival? Any feedback would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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    cstr Apr 12, 2011 01:39 PM

    Good grilled sausages, tri tip, a choice of some frites with interesting dipping sauces. Beer & wine tents and some sweet things, fudge, nut brittle etc.

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      yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 02:00 PM

      Thanks, cstr. I like the beer and wine tent and nut brittle idea. We always served the beer and wine in the main food tent but they would probably do well in their own tent. Bratwurst is definitely on the menu!

      Any thoughts on lavender-flavored foods? We put some lavender twist on about 50% of the foods we serve, i.e., lavender balsamic vinaigrette. Some people love it, others get sick of it.

      1. re: yumyumyogi
        kattyeyes Apr 12, 2011 05:06 PM

        Lavender brownies are delicious.

        Especially in June, lavender lemonade would be a big hit. Simply use lavender simple syrup to sweeten your lemonade.

        One of my friends recently made brownie cupcakes with lavender icing:
        http://pattysfood.blogspot.com/2011/04/brownie-cupcakes-with-lavender-icing.html

        Since you're in SoCal, I'll mention one other favorite lavender thing. See if Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is carrying their lavender mint green tea. I love the stuff, but it was limited edition. Perhaps it'll be back again. Otherwise, maybe you can find lavender Tea Forte:
        http://www.teaforte.com/store/gourmet-tea/white-tea/iced-lavender-citrus/

        As to other (non-lavender) festival foods, done right, I love a good gyro.

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    2. tcamp Apr 12, 2011 01:51 PM

      Falafel. I also have a real thing for those huge turkey drumsticks.

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        yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 08:04 PM

        Thanks, tcamp. We have a baked falafel sandwich with a tahini tzatziki on the menu. I'm hoping the "baked" part will be an attraction, not a turn-off. Where would you get those turkey drumsticks, at a medieval festival perhaps?

        1. re: yumyumyogi
          tcamp Apr 13, 2011 05:45 AM

          Yes, I associate the drumsticks with the Renaissance Festival and sometimes the State fair. May not taste the same without that unique atmosphere provided by scantily clad wenches and dudes with daggers on their hips, quaffing mead.

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        small h Apr 12, 2011 02:10 PM

        Lavender zeppoles might be pretty nice. I've seen lavender doughnuts, so at least one other person thinks this is a good idea.

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          yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 08:05 PM

          Zeppoles! With a lavender powdered sugar. Sounds great. I'm going to test them out. Thanks for the suggestion!

        2. LA Buckeye Fan Apr 12, 2011 04:29 PM

          I had a really good lavender shortbread cookie once that went very nicely with tea.

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          1. re: LA Buckeye Fan
            yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 08:06 PM

            They are, indeed good.

          2. Breadcrumbs Apr 12, 2011 04:47 PM

            I particularly like lamb w lavender and, I love lavender honey glazed anything!

            Lavender and honey are natural partners . . . teas, baked goods, ice cream, are waffles as popular in the US as they are at Canadian festivals?

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              yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 08:07 PM

              Good to know. Maybe lamb kabobs instead of chicken then? I agree lavender and honey partner well together. We have a lavender honey ice cream that's a runner every year.

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              ola Apr 12, 2011 04:49 PM

              I recently had some lavender shortbread that was on a stick and dipped in chocolate.

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                yumyumyogi Apr 12, 2011 08:08 PM

                Who doesn't like food on a stick?

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                Whinerdiner Apr 13, 2011 11:29 AM

                Lavender ice cream. Delicious.

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