Wednesday, October 7, 2009

They get a Pickle Day!?

In my second consecutive post that could be filed under "New York City Envy"... I have to say that I really wish I knew there was such a thing as International Pickle Day... celebrated for the 9th time in the Lower East Side this past Sunday. While I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a pickle fiend, I do really enjoy me some pickles... I'm also vaguely aware that there is some New Pickling Hotness trend happening... but haven't moved beyond making pickled sugar snap peas once this summer, so I was a little surprised that there was a festival happening in NYC:
Horman's Best Pickles were back for another year serving pickles on a stick, while children had half sours painted on their faces and roaming costumed kosher dills entertained the lines of attendees. The usual chocolate-covered pickles were present, and Peanut Butter & Co. served peanut butter and pickle sandwiches to eager and hungry pickle enthusiasts. The homemade pickle ice cream of last year, however, was conspicuously absent. So, too, was the musical quartet that blows pickle brine bubbles.

Nevertheless, with its bike valet sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, a plethora of free samples, plus hip and ironic t-shirts and buttons, Pickle Day was, if anything, a celebration of the youthfulness and recent novelty of home preservation in a street fair well suited to the Millenial Generation.

"There's some sort of deep connection going on with pickles now," said Katy Tackett, known in the blogosphere as Pickle Freak. "It's a result of the dovetailing of the economic recession and the make-it-yourself movement coming out of Brooklyn," added Jen Catto, another pickle blogger known as Pickle Girl. Or as Liz Alpern, pickle lover and Jewish food enthusiast, put it, "there's an upsurge of food production from people my own age and I f--ing love it."

As an aside, it warms my heart to see that there is such a thing as pickle bloggers.

Maybe I'll take the train down for it next year, and then I can hit up Fatty Crab for some of that fried chicken the same weekend. Alternatively, there does appear to be a pickle festival in Winchester New Hampshire (with local pickle-themed floats!!!!), which is about a two hour drive away... but I don't know anything about their fried chicken.

photo by flickr user mlcastle used under a Creative Commons license