Thursday, May 11, 2017

1st Annual Boston Pickle Fair!

Every time someone mentions pickles...

And trust us, we're crazy about them too! That's why today, we're bringing you, a whole event, dedicated to pickles. That's right! On June 17, you can join all the pickle lovers out there in celebrating the art of pickling at the Boston Pickle Fair. Yum!

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Pickle and fermentation vendors will come together for a country fair held at the Innovation and Design Building in Boston, Saturday, June 17 from 11AM to 5PM. It's set to be a dill-lightful day of music, demonstrations, home pickling contests, games and samples from some all star pickle companies. Get your taste buds ready!

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The Boston Pickle Fair has got us so excited, we thought we'd share some pickle facts  by before attending!
  • Pickles have been around since ancient times, although there is some disagreement as to when exactly in history people started eating them.  Some believe the first pickle was created in Mesopotamia in 2400 B.C.E. Others believe it was as early as 2030 B.C.E.
  • The phrase “in a pickle” was first introduced by Shakespeare in his play, The Tempest. The quotes read, “How cam’st thou in this pickle?” and “I have been in such a pickle”
  • November 14th is National Pickle Day.
  • Cleopatra ate pickles because she believed they were one of the things that helped her stay beautiful.
  • Approximately 100,000 to 125,000 acres are devoted to growing pickling cucumbers in the United States.
  • In the U.S., pickles are made in 30 of the 50 states with Michigan and North Carolina making the most pickles.
  • Kool-aid pickles are made by soaking dill pickles in strong kool-aid and are very popular in parts of Mississippi.
  • A town in Michigan that claims to be the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World holds an annual pickle parade led by the Grand Dillmeister.
  • You can hear the crunch of a good pickle at 10 paces.
  • According to the U.S. Supreme Court, pickles are technically a “fruit” of the vine (like tomatoes), but they are generally known as a vegetable.
  • During WWII the U.S. Government tagged 40 percent of all pickle production for the ration kits of the armed forces.
  • Americans consume more than 9 pounds of pickles per person annually.1
  • In Connecticut in order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce. (provided by Austin Greenwood)
Can you believe some of those? So much we didn't know about pickles. We are definitely excited to learn more from the experts at the Boston Pickle Fair! Join us as we devour the details of the art of pickling June 17 at the Boston Innovation and Design building.

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