Getting the Gurken prize is focus of contest
Getting the Gurken prize is the focus of picklers participating in Fasching's second annual Gurken (pickle) contest, which will be held Saturday, November 10 at Minden City Art Works, 701 Main Street.
"Folk legend says that Germans would put pickles on their Christmas trees as ornaments and turn it into a game to see who could find it," contest chairman Sue Gruber said. "If a child found it they might receive a special gift. If an adult found it they would receive good luck. When we learned of the gurken game, we knew we had to include this in our Fashing celebrations."
Last year, the contest had 23 entries. Winners were Angela Gamble, Charlotte Martin and Gary Haynes. Gruber hopes for more entries this year.
"Any kind of pickle can enter," she said. "Last year we had a baked pickle, which I had never heard of and thought was great."
Previous entries included hot/spicy, bread and butter, dill and sweet pickles.
"The more variety, the better the contest will be," Gruber said. "As of today, I only have one judge who has confirmed his participation in the contest. This would be a really neat contest to judge."
For those interested in judging the Gurken contest, contact Sue Gruber at 377-0621.
Those who desire to enter the contest can drop off their pickles – a minimum of a pint is needed – at City Art Works on Friday, November 9 from 5 until 6 p.m. or on Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Jars should be labeled with the type of pickle, such as dill or sweet, with no other markings.
The pickles will be judged on Best Pickle, Best Brine (any pick-able vegetable, any flavor), Best Ferment and Wildcard.
"This contest would be fun for any one – chefs, schools, churches, home cooks, gardeners and market-goers," Gruber said. "We would like to see first-time picklers enter the contest, too."
Gift cards will be awarded to first, second and third places, as well as runner up, in the amounts of $75, $50, $35 and $25 respectively.