Friday, October 22, 1999
Good Times Roll at Pig 'n Pepper
The 1999 Pig 'n Pepper was held October 9 and 10 at Kimball Farm in Westford. This year's event brought together some of the usual Pig 'n Pepper fare, along with a number of new additions. Unlike last year when it rained steadily over the entire Pig 'n Pepper weekend, this years' weather was somewhat more cooperative, and the attendance at the gate was significantly higher. Blue skies and warm temperatures on Saturday accompanied the first-ever State Grilling Championship, in which contestants were required to grill (as opposed to smoke) entries in each of three categories: Seafood, Poultry, and Chef's Choice (this had to be a meatless entry). The Chef's Choice entries were particularly creative and remarkable, ranging from Grilled Tropical Fruit with a cinnamon honey glaze, to Sweet Potato Flan with caramel sauce, to grilled vegetables. Harvey Schademan from Lancaster County Pennsylvania won the State Grilling Champion title.
In barbecue, 23 teams, (with some coming from as far away as Pennsylvania and Missouri) vied for the title of State Champion. The championship was a close one, with the Yahoos prevailing over Liquid Smoke by a scant 4.6 points out of a total of 705 points. Carlisle's own Peg Schafer's Horrible Heffalumps finished a very strong 4th overall, and took first place in the Chicken category. True to form, Gabe and Lois D'Annunzio also competed in the barbecue championship, as they have most every year since the event began.
Activity in the Pepper Tent was hot indeed, with attendees treated to a colorful collage of peppers, pepper plants, salsas, relishes, and artistic pepper displays Some 63 contestants submitted 273 entries to be judged in the various categories. Ribbons were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. Over a dozen Carlisle residents submitted a wide array of entries, with Rose Carmichael winning Best Artistic Display, and Genna Carmichael taking honors in the Top Youth category. See the side box for further details on the Pepper contest.
Throughout the Pig 'n Pepper, the gathered crowds enjoyed blues, rock and fusion music. Kids enjoyed all the activities at the kid's corral, the barbecue vendors served ribs, chicken and brisket, to appreciative stomachs, and Mike Kimball and his team topped it all off with fabulous ice cream and apple crisp deserts. There was plenty of browsing/shopping to do with the various crafters displaying their products, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The purpose of the Pig 'n Pepper is to raise money for the schools in Carlisle and Westford. While the final tally is still not complete, it appears this years' event raised about $60,000 for our schools. Of this, one half will be allocated for use in Carlisle's schools, with the other half going to Westford.
Carlisle winners take home the ribbons
The Pepper Tent at the Pig 'n Pepper had 63 contestants with 273 entries this year. Judging was held on Saturday afternoon. Ribbons were awarded for first, second and third place winners in each category. Congratulations to the following ribbon winners from Carlisle: Andrew Burke, Hillary Burke, Genna Carmichael, Rose Carmichael, Clara DiNicola, Marjorie Johnson, Caroline Means, Lauren Means, Sarah Means, Dixie Morrison, Miranda Morrison, Bob Orlando, Amanda Pease. A trophy was awarded to Rose Carmichael for Best Artistic Display and to Genna Carmichael in the Top Youth category,
On Sunday, the first annual People's Choice Salsa Judging Contest was held in the Pepper Tent. In a span of three hours, approximately 600 people judged l2 salsas ranging from mild to hot. Both professional and amateur contestants from Saturday's event were invited to enter their salsa in the People's Choice Contest. The overall trophy winner was Guzman's Peach Salsa. Uncle Mike's Kissed by Fire Salsa was the certificate winner in the hot category. Carlisle's Marjorie Johnson was a certificate winner in the mild category with her Mark's Salsa. She was the only People's Choice winner with amateur status. Her Mark's Salsa also won a blue ribbon at Saturday's event. Congratulations to all the salsa entrants
Mark's Salsa Recipe
Marjorie Johnson's fresh salsa, named for her brother-in-law Mark Sobkowicz, won the "Best Salsa" trophy at the Pig 'n Pepper for the second year in a row. It also won the new "People's Choice" award this year in the "mild" category. She makes it mild with her homegrown chili peppers, variety "Paper Dragon." You can make it hotter by using hotter peppers such as serrano or jalapeño. Almost all of the ingredients were grown in Johnson's Ember Lane garden.
4 tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
4 small tomatillos, finely chopped
4 hot peppers, very finely chopped,
1/2 —1 cup chopped cilantro, loosely packed
1 lime, juice and pulp
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all, serve with tortilla chips.
© 1999 The Carlisle Mosquito