Last weekend, in Ellenville New York, The Blueberry Huckleberry Festival was held. It was a great day, with many delicious blueberry treats. They held a pie contest at noon. So of course I was there by 9 am to enter with my blueberry colored dress(I'm crazy like that). There were already three other people ready to go. Last years winner, a Laura Ashley mom( a serious Sandra Lee look a like), and someone I dubbed, the local idiot(she spilled her pie all over the judging table). These people meant business, and were in it to win it. Only 10 entries were allowed. So I had 9 people to take down.
While living in Ellenville for the summer, doing a show at Shadowland Theater, I met many amazing people, who were so kind to invite me and my cast mates over for BBQ's, dinners, and brunches. Because I never show up empty handed to someone's home, I made one of my berry pies (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry). It was received with a huge reaction, which was exciting, because I made up the recipe the night before on a whim. Many people in town were so excited by my pies, that they pushed me to enter into the contest. I knew I wanted to make my Blueberry Rhubarb, but I had one problem...rhubarb was starting to go out of season, finding it wouldn't be easy. But I knew this recipe was amazing, to quote my friend Nic, "This is the best blueberry pie I've ever had in my life". Thanks Nic, I think so too. When I located the rhubarb, I was a woman on a mission. This contest was mine!