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Fun with mustard September 17, 2012

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Quick post – just some pics from The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival of 2012 held on Sunday in Regina. Looks like so much fun! All of these pictures are from the GSK Mustard Festival Facebook page and these are only a few, so head over there for a better look at the festivities.

I will definitely make it up there for this event some year! Have you been to this festival? I’d love to hear your thoughts, see your pictures, anything!

Cheers,

Stephanie

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The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival of 2012! September 13, 2012

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As mentioned in a previous post there are a few mustard festivals that I would like to attend. One of them is happening this Sunday, September 16th 2012…

Photo credit: GSK Mustard Festival Facebook Page

That’s right, it’s finally time for The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival in Regina. As I learned recently, the province of Saskatchewan is kind of a big deal for mustard…in fact, it is the number one supplier of mustard to the world! Damn good reason to have a festival.

One of the organizers who I have been lucky enough to correspond with on Twitter, Chef Malcolm Craig (click on his name there to find him on Twitter and follow him!) says they have 20 participants not including the sponsors this year. Admission is free, food tickets are only $10, and there will be music, games for kids, and other entertainment. Local chefs will be judged as they compete with the culinary creations they whip up using mustard. Some of the sponsors include mustard from French’s, hot dogs from Nathan’s Famous, and beer from Great Western Brewing – my mouth is watering just typing this!

I’ve never seen these varieties of French’s mustard in the United States! Those lucky Canadians.

Photo credit: GSK Mustard Festival Facebook Page

Plus it’s held on Wascana Lake – I’ve never been there but I bet it has water and is pretty. Really, how can you go wrong hanging out eating mustard, drinking beer, and listening to music with the kids on a lake? I am nowhere near there but if you are within a reasonable distance, you should GO! And email or tweet me pictures of how much fun you have there so I can turn green with envy! Hope it’s a great event for all involved.

Cheers,

Stephanie

 

Let’s get the mustard parties started! July 20, 2012

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(Now, of course, I have this song in my head. But I digress.)

Did you know there is National Mustard Museum? You didn’t? Well, you’ve been missing out, especially if you live or travel near Middleton, Wisconsin. And if you get to go there, I’ll be SO ENVIOUS. Because I haven’t been there…yet. The museum features over 5400 mustards from 70 different countries and has exhibits about the history of mustard, according to their own website and this article.  The owner of the museum, Barry Levenson is quoted as saying “I’ve always liked mustard but I’ve gone from having a healthy preoccupation with it to be being totally delusional.” I can’t imagine how that could happen. Not at all.

I suspect I could drop a year’s salary in their shop, and even without visiting I may end up doing so since they sell a ton of mustards and other goodies in their online store. Look at this international sampler:

I know what I’m asking for this Christmas!

Photo credit: National Mustard Museum

But as much as I’d love to visit this museum in general, I’d really love to go for their annual Mustard Festival, which is held in honor of National Mustard Day, the first Saturday of August every year. This looks like so much fun!

Photo credit: National Mustard Museum

They serve up Oscar Mayer hot dogs – with mustard, of course – Klement’s brat sliders, and even mustard flavored frozen custard from Culver’s! I’d love to try that. There will be live music, mustard tastings, games and contests, and even an appearance by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

…which, by the way, I have a picture of Schu standing in front of at another location. Photographic proof that he’s a closet mustard lover *insert evil laugh*

His head doesn’t actually look like that…he has a little more hair in real life

Back on topic – if you are anywhere near Middleton, Wisconsin on August 4th, 2012, I think you owe it to yourself to go to this festival. You can learn more by following the Museum on Twitter @MustardMuseum.

However, if you live a little further northwest (and across the border into Canada), you can attend the Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival in Regina on September 16th, 2012.

Photo credit: GSK Mustard Festival Facebook Page

Who knew Saskatchewan is the world’s largest mustard exporter, with about 2700 producers? Now you and I do! This sounds like a great event, featuring local chefs being judged as they show off their talents using mustard to create unique dishes. Live music, kids’ activities, and hot dog eating contests, all along Wascana Lake – sounds like a perfect day. Learn more about this festival by following @GSKMustardFest on Twitter.

Someday I’ll make it to these events. Not this summer, and I don’t know about next summer, but…someday. A girl has to have her dreams.

Cheers,

Stephanie