I try to look for local mini-adventures that don’t require us to spend a lot of money or take off time from work to do since our weekends are filled with lesson planning and grading. Facebook is a great source for these mini-adventures, and thanks to Facebook the Roanoke Jewish Food Festival has been on my calendar for weeks.
The Jewish Food Festival Experience
We got there about 30 minutes after it started and lucked out on parking, but the line to get in was wrapped around the building and snaked through the parking lot. After about 45 minutes we made it to the room where the food was being served, only to find out that they were already out of desserts, knish, and cabbage rolls.
This was the first year for the festival, so it is great to see that much interest. It was disappointing though to miss out on some tasty treats. We made do with what was available though. I love hot-smoked salmon, but can’t stand the texture of cold-smoked, so I got my bagel sandwich sans lox. Mr. LLA got the corned beef on rye with slaw and pickles. Now, I’m not a picky eater generally, but for years I have been telling myself that I hate rye and corned beef. I have had to re-evaluate that though. I had a bite of the corned beef, and with the addition of the slaw, pickles, and spicy mustard, it was incredible. So I will be back for that sandwich next year. Hopefully in a bigger location and with a ton more food.
We ran into some friends at the festival, so our next stop was their place for a while to visit. That meant that we were behind schedule for our next adventure, but hey, unplanned visits with friends are important.
The Food Truck Rodeo
Also thanks to Facebook, we heard about a food truck rodeo. Leading up to the event, we saw some pretty tasty looking pictures on social media, and we were pretty excited about this. Unfortunately, there was a disclaimer about coming early in case trucks ran out of food. We got there about an hour before it was supposed to end, and one truck we were pretty excited about had completely sold out. Bummer. And I did not see the spaghetti grilled cheese of my dreams. We did end up with some yummy noshes though.
To cap off the evening, we headed for ice cream at Blue Cow. This was our first visit, and we were not disappointed. They had a variety of flavors and I found the prices to be very reasonable. To top it off, they had pumpkin ice cream. Growing up, Baskin Robbins always had pumpkin ice cream in the fall. I loved that stuff and I am usually disappointed with what you find in the grocery store this time of the year because it always has some kind of “improvement” like cheesecake bits or pie crust pieces. I just want plain pumpkin. Thank you, Blue Cow.