Monday, November 15, 2010

Food Show

We’re in that in between season. It’s not snowing yet, but the leaves are gone (except for giant piles in my neighbors' tree lawns) and the last flower bloomed a while back. I suppose I should get my OSU sweater on and start yelling O-H-I-O in front of the TV, but I’m an adoptive son of the buckeye state, not a native son. Besides, God didn't give me a football gene.

It’s time to go to the Fabulous Food Show and get a fix for my other hobby, eating. The timing of the show was perfect. We got our fall yard work done last week. This is a great reward, a billion square feet of food samples and a wine and beer sampling area. Throw in Michael Symon and a bunch of other Food Network stars and all was well with the world for at least one day.

Pat worked the beer sampling area Friday. She got a free ticket for it. That had humorous consequences later when we saw Michael Symon do his stand up routine. Since I paid for my ticket, I got an assigned seat. Pat had to fight it out with the masses for a seat. I showed my solidarity with her and stood in her line until they let the reserved seats in. I waved her a kiss and said: “see ya.”



Wouldn't it be nice if gourd vines were this nice and neat, short too. But alas, I know how long and big they get. It's not going to stop us. we plan to plant all our decrative gourds and pumpkins.
As we were walking by the garden, Pat wondered out loud whether I had seen the Sweet Peet sign. Seen the sweet peet sign? I never miss a chance to give that most wonderful of Ohio products a shout out. Seen the sign? I'm putting it in my post.



Well ya know, he was tall. Is that prairie grass growing on Old Abe's head?


We made sure that we stopped by every local vendor.

The Ohio Apple Growers Association conducted apple tastings. We were rewarded with bottles of Ohio apple cider. We went back twice.

The Iron Chef waxes eloquently about his favorite food, Ohio-raised pork.

Beer, beer and more beer.

9 comments:

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

"Four score and six tiers ago...

Shady Gardener said...

What a fun show! And a great variety of things to do and see. :-)

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Jim, I love all of the creative food displays.

Eileen

Kris said...

Thanks for posting these pics! I never seem to get to that show so I enjoyed getting a peek at what went on through your post. Yeah, Simon's one of my IC faves. Glad you got to go. :-D

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Looks like big fun. My dad enjoyed his beer. He told me once: "Son, I like my beer like I like my women: stout and bitter.........

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Fun post, Jim!
Thanks for sharing your day.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Now that looks like a fun show and with samples my kind of day. LOL! I carved veggies were so neat looking as well as the towers.How creative.
Got the plants planted. When I saw the package I thought it was one big plant. My Lands! I was so tickled to see all those plants. With them and the seeds I should be fixed up with Ligularia for years to come. I cannot thank you enough for being so generous. Have a wonderful, maybe rainy, week.

Marguerite said...

I'm looking at your photos and wondering why we don't have a show like this in our neck of the woods. That looks like a lot of fun, although I would have preferred wine sampling myself.

Andrea said...

hello Jim, first i am very sorry for not visiting at once here, and thank you so much for being my first visitor when i joined Blotanical. I actually thought you are the other Jim i already have been visiting for quite a while already. That's too bad of me, then i realized the truth. Now, reading your profile notes, i pity your location as you said, clay, clay and clay and your yard being partially shaded and totally shaded, haha! Looks so difficult to manage growing things there, yet your photo shows luxuriant happy plants. So congratulations for knowing the right things to plant and learn of their requirements. And this post, seem really a fun show!