Saturday, October 6, 2018

Carrot Festival in Niskayuna for 40th time on Sunday

NISKAYUNA -- When a food festival lasts 40 years, its organizers must be doing something very right. Especially if the focus of the event is the lowly carrot.

The 40th annual Carrot Festival is set for Sunday on the Congregation Agudat Achim temple grounds, 2117 Union Street, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thousands of visitors are expected to participate in the celebration of Jewish food and culture.This year's attractions include:
  • The festival's star dessert, the "signature" carrot cake.
  • Hot beef brisket sandwiches with onions, garlic, carrots, and mushrooms plus a half-sour pickle.
  • Tzimmes, a traditional dish of root vegetables that includes sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash.
  • Potato latkes and potato knishes.
  • Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
  • 50 arts and crafts vendors, and 20 community service organizations.
  • A farmers market with carrots and other produce from Schoharie County.
  • Pony rides and a petting zoo.
  • A pet adoption clinic.
  • Entertainment by The Accents, Die Shaine Maidelach und Die Schmendriks, the School of Rock House Band, and members of Schenectady Light Opera Company's production of "Grease."
  • Voter registration conducted by the League of Women Voters.
  • A "Touch a Truck" attraction, that will allow children and adults to touch and explore an ambulance, a bus, a firetruck, a snow plow and an airplane -- the latter coming from the Empire State Aerosciences Museum.
The truck displays and voter registration are new this year.

Parking will be available on the synagogue grounds and also at Iroquois Middle School. The event will be held rain or shine.

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