Photo - Polly Etta Sunda offers fresh Nacogdoches County blueberries at a past Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain)
For those who love to eat the good stuff, downtown Nacogdoches is the place to be on Saturday, June 12. The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers is sure to satisfy taste buds with all things blueberry, as well as traditional festival foods.
“In addition to several downtown businesses offering blueberry goodies, the Blueberry Hill Soda and Sweet Shoppe in the Regions Bank lobby is the perfect place to enjoy blueberry sweets in an old-fashioned soda shop,” Food and Frolic events organizer Polly Etta Sunda said. “Treats for sale include blueberry cobbler, ice cream, pastries and blueberry lemonade. Enjoy the sweets and a place to cool down at the festival.”
Cookin’ Up the Blues is back for another series of food demonstrations in the Commercial Bank of Texas lobby. Karen Tucker, AgriLife Extension agent, reports that our local celebrity chefs will prepare their delicious blueberry dishes at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
“If festival visitors would prefer to compete with their own blueberry creations, they can participate in one of the cooking contests, such as the Brookshire Brothers’ Blueberry Pie baking competition,” Sunda said.
To enter a blueberry pie, pick up a registration form at a Brookshire Brothers store. The completed forms and entries must be brought to the Brookshire Brothers booth in front of the visitor center on the square, 200 E. Main St., by 10 a.m. Entries are judged on taste and presentation, and winners will receive gift cards donated by Brookshire Brothers.
For just a $5 per entry fee, visitors can participate in the Blueberry Cobbler and Blueberry Ice Cream contests, held in CBTx. Entries are due by 10 a.m. in non-returnable containers.
The Blue Pies Smiling at Me Pie Eating contest is a free event that will be held in front of City Hall, corner of Pecan at Pilar St.
“Children and adult contests will run from noon to 3 p.m. Registration takes place prior to the events. So, participants need only to have a good appetite to participate,” Sunda said. “We thank our Naconiche District East Texas Area Council Boy Scouts and leaders who are helping with the pie eating contest this year.”
The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers is a production of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. For more information go to nacogdoches.org or call (936) 560-5533. The festival is a Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful litter-free event.