If you’re someone that actually enjoys drinking pickle juice or just can’t get enough of pickle-flavored products, a free festival coming to the Houston area this fall will make all of your pickle dreams come true.
The In a Pickle Festival will take over Kingwood Town Center Park Sept. 7 and promises a wide variety of vendors with pickle-related items, according to the event organizer,¬†Krystal Wertman.
Wertman, an Atascocita resident and owner of The Jelly Girl, has been working at the Kingwood Farmers Market for the last ten years selling “crazy pickles” and homemade jams. Wertman said after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Kingwood area, the market is still recovering and so are local vendors. The festival is her attempt to help local vendors get more exposure and continue in their recovery efforts.
“After [Hurricane] Harvey it was horrible, there were no customers [at the farmer’s market] and some businesses in the area are having the same problem still,” Wertman said.
Wertman said she reached out to local food trucks and asked they each create a pickle-themed product for the festival. Food trucks expected at the festival include¬†Gooroo’s Wood Fire Pizza Truck, which will offer a pickle pizza, and Benny’s Dawgs, which Wertman said will be selling a¬† hot-dog stuffed into a pickle that is deep-fried.
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Pickle-flavored cotton candy, pickle popsicles, pickle cupcakes and Ingenious Brewing Company’s pickle beer will also be on tap at the festival, among various other items.
Other food trucks featured at the festival include: GastroCraft food truck, Iron Hill Organics, Signature Puf Cotton Candy, Paco Pops, Ingenious Brewing Company, Brandi CBD oil pet products, Beach Nut, Crazy Pickle & Jelly Girl and Sweets for a Cause.
Aside from the pickle-focused vendors, the festival will feature a pickle eating contest and pickle juice drinking contest.¬†Face painting, a jump house, mechanical bull riding, live music and food trucks will also be on site.
A silent auction is planned to raise funds for the¬†Hunter Syndrome Foundation, a non-profit working to find a cure Hunter Syndrome or Mucopolysaccharidosis/MPS II. The rare genetic disorder usually¬†occurs mostly in men¬†and causes abnormalities that include damage to organs, joints, decline in cardiac function¬†and breathing difficulties, according to the foundation website.
Wertman said she plans on selling unique pickle-themed items donated from HEB and Trader Joe’s that will also go toward the foundation.
Wertman said she is known for her “crazy pickle,” which she describes as a crispy, sweet dill pickle that packs a punch of spice.
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“The pickles became so popular people found out where I lived and were knocking on my door,” Wertman said.
As the queen of pickles herself, Wertman said she hopes the festival will bring some attention back to the area and help raise awareness for the foundation.
“I created it to just bring some livelihood back to Kingwood,” Wertman said. “I know there has been a lot of devastation over there [and] I just think some awareness needs to be brought over there for the farmers market.”
Those interested in becoming a vendor or entering one of the pickle competitions can email¬† email@example.com¬†or call 512-796-8857.
Find more information on the festival here.¬†
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