The National Lentil Festival
A National Lentil Festival? Seriously? Well, yes!! As odd as a festival to lentils might be, there are probably a whole lots more weird festivals elsewhere…
And considering that in 1990, 98% of the entire country’s lentils were grown in Whitman County, WA – were Pullman is located – it does give us something to celebrate.
Each year, the festival lasts an entire weekend packed full of activies for all members of the community, including a lentil cookoff. Ben’s sister Michelle submitted a fantastic (and I do mean fantastic) recipe for a Lentil Spice Cheesecake. Talk about original, ingenius, and absolutely scrumptious. During the preliminary rounds of judging, Michelle ended up winning the “Lentil Haters” category. By winning this however – it meant that she would not be allowed to participate in the main competition and cookoff.
How on earth does That work?? You win your category but don’t move on? Needless to say we were all very sad about this, since that was perhaps one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had – seriously.
We all set off on the way to the cook off, ready to see what the “competition” had to offer.