The Life of the Rosendale International Pickle Festivals
Thank YOU for your interest in the Rosendale International Pickle Festival. It all started in 1998, when we put together the First Picklefest in 60 days after our friend, Eri Yamaguchi, said she wanted to have a “pickle party”. We didn't have a clue - but we always could throw a pretty good party! We did it for people to have fun and introduce them to a whole new realm of Pickles, things Pickled, Pickling Spices - all things Pickled. With the support of the Rosendale Chamber of Commerce we have helped expand peoples culinary horizons along with exhibitions of International cultures and customs through the simple, but alluring PICKLE! In addition to sampling a multitude of Japanese Pickled fruits, vegetables, and fish, we were treated to demonstrations of the Tea Ceremony.
That first year we hoped 200 people would come for our highlighting of Japan, but more than 1000 did. Who knew that Pickles were so popular! Since then Picklefest seems to have taken on a life of it's own.
The trend continued for Picklefest '99 when we celebrated the German Pickling traditions and attendance doubled. Emil Hiler, the roaming accordionist and Shupplattler Dancers along with other strolling musicians added to the festivities.
In 2000 we joined with Mt. Olive and Vlassic Pickle companies helping with some great flavors as free tastings and door prizes. From sushi to sauerbraten, with kimonos and leiderhossen there was something for everyone. In addition to the Kids Pickle Coloring Contest, and Pickle Balloons, come enter the Pickle Juice Drinking Contest or the Pickle Toss. We even had appearances by the piccolo, the Official Instrument of the Picklefest.
We have had inquiries from as far away as India, Bosnia, and Lebanon. We have had entries from Kansas, Manhattan, North Carolina and New Jersey, to right around the corner in New Paltz, Kingston, Ellenville and Saugerties. Our Website Picklefest.com has had thousands of hits seeking information and we are waiting for several final cut videos. As we go on, we add new countries and cultures to experience and have a Pickly Good Time.
In 2002, our Host the Rosendale Recreation Center, was being replaced. We had to adjust, and we found ourselves “Under the Big Top”. And come they did, over 4000 Pickle fans and their families. We had over 12,000 sq. ft. of vendors, all styles of flavored cucumber pickles, pickled peppers, tomatoes, okra, asparagus, beans, and many more vegetables and fruits. Zachary's Deep Fried Pickles, Vinny's Pickle Pizza, cheesecakes (none Pickle flavor), the Hibernian's delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, sweet Maple Syrup and candies, Manny & Scott's Sauerbraten, all of them tempted your tastebuds.
The new Rosendale Community Center saw its biggest crowd, almost 5000, since it opened with the 6th Rosendale Picklefestival, once again graced by the ever gracious Japanese Dance Group. Senegalese and West African Drummers gave everyone a great show of their music. Who does not love Emil Hiler, the best German Accordionist around, accompanying the Schupplattler Dancers?
The freshest sushi Rosendale has EVER had was on hand to compliment the wonderful Traditional Japanese Dancers, along with other great pickled products, Pickle paraphenalia, shirts, tote bags, Dilli Chili, and MORE!
Let your mouth celebrate, tell us the best and worst of your Pickled Delights, come let your tastebuds be the judge at the Seventh Rosendale International Picklefestival.
Among the local groups who have benefitted from the proceeds of the Picklefestivals are the Rosendale Youth Center, the Women's Club Spring Clean Sweep projects, the Food Pantry, and other civic projects.
Again, this year, with the continued sponsorship of the Rosendale Chamber of Commerce, this year's 7th Pickle Festival is Sunday, November 21st, 2004, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Rosendale Community Center, located on Rt 32 in wonderful Rosendale, NY. We are certainly looking forward to working with you and hope to see you there.
Bill and Cathy Brooks The Rosendale International Pickle Festival