STEWIACKE – With the warm weather seemingly to be here, rhubarb lovers know the time has come for the Ravenous for Rhubarb Festival.
Excitement is evident in Stewiacke Mayor Wendy Robinson’s voice as she talks about the annual event June 13 to 15.
“It has really grown in population,” said Robinson, who was instrumental in creating the festival about eight or nine years ago when a fellow town councilor, Russel Stoddart, visited.
“He just loves rhubarb. He came over and said, ‘Oh, I love rhubarb, we should do something to celebrate rhubarb.’ And it’s just grown from there.”
In the beginning, a dinner was set, but now the festival has grown to much more. A rhubarb pie-baking contest is back again this year, however, it will take place on Sunday instead of Saturday. Alain Bosse, who is known as the Kilted Chef, will once again be the contest judge.
Other weekend events include a Friday evening performance with Sarah Matheson, a breakfast and plant sale at the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, and the Flaunt and Flash Car Show on Saturday at Mastodon Ridge.
The St. Andrew’s United Church is hosting a rhubarb luncheon on Friday, as well as a quilt show both Friday and Saturday. The Stewiacke Baptist Church is also hosting its annual dinner on Saturday.
“Each year, people are more and more enthusiastic about the festival,” said Robinson. “People want to know what’s going on. People want to be a part of it.”