Team Sparkle Unicorn claimed victory in the Most Delicious Cookie contest at the Harvest Festival on Thursday.
It was touch and go as the three young judges debated whose cookies were best, but in the end Sophia, Katien and Koen (last names not given) — a.k.a Team Sparkle Unicorn — won the Most Delicious Cookie contest with their pink-icing-and-sparkle-covered sugar cookies. The contest was just one of four at the Rossland Mountain Market’s fourth annual Harvest Festival, but it certainly caused the most buzz with market goers young and old waiting for a decision so they could taste the entries for themselves.
Spectators also helped themselves to some salsa following the judging of the Best Fresh & Preserved Salsa contest. Warfield resident Sandy Kruger won Best Fresh Salsa. Her fresh recipe was made using tomatoes and onions from her own garden, along with lemon, lime and cilantro purchased from the store. Judges described her salsa as fresh and hearty. Best Preserved Salsa went to a zucchini salsa, described by the judges as having a good sweetness with a good kick.
It was a tough call for Most Perfect Pumpkin, but judges ended up choosing the pumpkin grown by Amanda Forrest, of Forrest Farm in Salmo. They liked the pattern on the pumpkin and the star-shaped stem. A market vendor also triumphed in the Best Tasting Pie contest: No Vega won with its apple turnover (though it was also the only entry).
The Harvest Festival closed out the 2016 market season. It was a very good year for the Rossland Mountain Market, with 63 members signing up for the new membership program launched this year, and plenty of volunteers and vendors coming out to support the market.
“It was a good season. We had just the perfect number of farmers coming on a regular basis,” said Kathleen Hill of the Rossland Mountain Market Society. “It was probably our best year in term’s of just the abundance of local food.”
The society is working on finding a location to hold its winter markets for the months of November, December, January, February and March. “As soon as we can get back into the Miners’ Hall, we will, but in the meanwhile we’re just hopefully close to figuring out an alternative venue,” said Hill. “So we’ll let the community know as soon as we know.”
Hill has just one request for Rosslanders: “Figure out which pies you’re going to make for next year’s Harvest Festival — we need pie entries.”