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Pickles brought me to the DC State Fair this year. But the food made me stay. After a friend had a family emergency, I was thrilled to step in as one of the judges for the pickle making competition. Other than competitions up the wazoo (cupcakes, pies, funny looking vegetables), there was a pretty impressive spread of food-related booths at the state fair this year…not to mention llamas. While the home cook categories were being savored, tasted and judged, another section of the fair saw the 9th Annual Military Culinary Competition kicking into gear. And the Asian vegetable booth boasted some loofahs of the non-back-scrubbing variety. Click here for some great shots and an overview of the ingredients you missed if you weren’t able to make it. Be glad you missed my epically uncool babbling when I spotted a fab food editor among the other judges. Ever encounter someone you really admire and lose all capacity for speech? Yeah, that was me. Verbal misfires aside, there were some fabulous bread and butter pickles, crunchy pickled beets and spicy peach chutney among the entries for the pickle competitions. Now I feel the need to pickle something, stat.

UPDATE: Click here to see a full list of the winners.


About francoiseeats

I'm currently working as a freelance travel and food writer, and photographer. I spent two years at, the culinary on-line magazine for the industry insider. My articles have been published in New York, NY and Richmond, VA. After graduating from Columbia University and recovering from the tragedy of not being able to read Camus books for a living, I attended The Culinary Institute of America, where my scone consumption rose drastically. Fluent in French and Italian, I've worked in some of New York's top restaurants and covered food-related stories in a number of publications, from The Richmond Times-Dispatch to Time Out New York.

4 responses »

  1. Great photos! You even got one of my #1 pie! šŸ˜€

  2. Thank you so much for coming out to judge! It was great meeting you!


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