Missouri Chestnut Roast

@GardenGerty (92212)
Marion, Kansas
November 1, 2008 2:20pm CST
http://mizzounow.com/index.php?action=photos&option=album&id=15 This is a page where there are some pictures of people at the Chestnut Roast I attended two weeks ago. Image two is my husband Bob and I. This is a fun fall experience. We learned about many agricultural things, and sampled wonderful food, including roasted chestnuts, and gourmet dishes prepared with chestnuts. All of the activities were free, and the weather was gorgeous. Do you have any fall festivals that you attend? Do you live in a place where chestnuts are abundant?
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@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
7 Nov 08
It sounds like a wonderful festival. The picture is very nice too. It seems like a really fun place to be.
@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Nov 08
We did have fun. We will do it sometime again, maybe every year.
@makingpots (11928)
• United States
5 Nov 08
It looks like a very nice event, Gerty. One that I am sure we would attend if we lived in that area. Chestnuts are not abundant at all in my area. We do have many fall festivals that we enjoy in our area, but few of them are agricultural related. I think it all sounds very interesting.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Looks like a nice bunch of people, like a large portion of the town went. Our chestnuts were hurt by whatever was going around and is still here. A few have survived and are impervious to it, so they are collecting nuts from them and starting some new trees. Will be many years, decades, maybe a century before we can replace the thousands of trees killed by seedlings from the 1, 2, or 3 trees left in thousands upon thousands of acres. We have festivals, but they all cost money. Mostly church festivals for the harvest to help the churches. Other than the libary, not much is free out here.
@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Nov 08
We have chestnut festivals where I live, called magustos. Chestnuts are roasted on open fires, and the children decorate their faces with the soot. There is normally one at my son's school, and the first time he came home with a black face I was horrified as I wasn't aware of the custom. There was a magusto in one of our local villages yesterday, but we are int he middle of the olive harvest and didn't want to take time out whilst the weather was fine.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
4 Nov 08
As far as I know, they can grow olives successfully in the Southernmost parts of the UK.
@ElicBxn (60135)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I have never even seen a chestnut - pecans and walnuts are pretty common around here.
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
When I was a kid I thought the hazelnuts in our mixed nuts were chestnuts, I did not know. I had heard of chestnuts. I also had heard of horsechestnuts, but that is a different breed, and I think is toxic to people. I found it so cool when we went in 2005 and learned some about the history of the trees.
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@ElicBxn (60135)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I don't know where most of those nuts you see in the mixed nuts come from, but since I only eat the cashews and peanuts... well, they are wasted on me.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
2 Nov 08
What a great picture of the two of you...It's nice to see the face of a friend. You're hubby is a cutey..! The Chestnut Roast sounds like so much fun. I wish I were able to attend something like that. I'm glad you're both able to have some fun in the fall...
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
It might be an activity that your son would like. I like that it is free and it is outdoors. Or at least in tents. I hope you are having a good fall. Is there something going on for Special Olympics for your son?
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Yes, CJ would dearly love going to an event like that. About Special Olympics...he's not in it this year because the school has decided in their infinite wisdom not to let me know when an event is going to be held. So I haven't been able to help him practice beforehand. It's very frustrating.
• United States
1 Nov 08
Great photos GG. I am not fond of chestnuts. Have had the opportunity to have them on a few occasions. Even so I would have enjoyed going to this event. I always try to attend festivals or fairs in our area whenever possible. Although I rarely buy anything while there, I do enjoy walking around the grounds and viewing the displays.
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Hi! Thanks for sharing! Looks like you two had a good time! I love festivals this time of year!
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
I liked watching a guy put chunks of wood on a lathe and turn them into beautiful bowls. I liked trying goat cheese as well. I liked the salmon crusted with chestnut meal and horseradish. We ate an edamame salad with chestnuts, as well. It was fun.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Nice picture, GardenGerty. We don't have a festival like that, I don't think. I really don't keep up with the festivals since I live out in the country and have never been to one. I know it would be nice, though to get to go to a festival like you attended. The fall weather just makes you want to get out and do things like that. We have plenty of hickory nuts, if that counts.
@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Nov 08
Hi, Barb, I am nuts about all kinds of nuts.
@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Well,we also have 2 pecan trees in our front yard, not that we ever see many of the nuts. I wish they were some place else because they had been shielded by pine trees for years and grew straight up.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
8 Nov 08
We dont have one like that but we have quite a few others. Now the song is in my mind, chestnuts roasting on an open fire....I usualy have to buy them and there not easy to find. I am so glad that you went and had a wonderful time.
@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Nov 08
You can find them pretty easily online. Order them in bulk. Yummy.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
2 Nov 08
I am glad that you had a good time. We used to go to fall festivals but we have not done that in years since we moved to a new area.
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
I do more now than I did when I was younger. Of course I have lived here for a long time.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Delightful, and you look very nice in that photo. We've never been to a chestnut roast, but we did attend the Garlic festival in Gilroy, California one time. The line to get in was backed up for miles, but I didn't mind because it was a gorgeous day and with the windows rolled down we could smell the garlic in the fields all over the place. It was rapture. We sampled all the different kinds of good cooked with garlic, including the obligatory garlic jelly and garlic ice cream, neither of which impressed me much, but then there were the hot foods which were wonderful. I love garlic roasted in butter and olive oil, sprinkled with fresh ground black pepper and spread over a nice crusty b read. Mmmmmmmmm. They also had booths with crafted items for ssssssssale, such as dyed silk scarves and clay flutes.
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
I knew about this one, but have never attended. I should give my son a ticket sometime.It is his favorite condiment. I would enjoy it, but like you, probably not the icecream. Jelly, hmm. I made red pepper jelly this year. It did not gel. I will have to try again.
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
2 Nov 08
That is so cool, now you are famous. At least to us you are. Now we know what you look like. I don't think I have ever eaten a chestnut before. I live in Northern Ohio, we have an apple butter fest this time of year. It does sound like a nice day that you and the hubby had. I spent the day at a craft show at my church. My mom had a table and I helped her out.
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
Yum, apple butter. I think I am going to make some pear butter, have a huge crop of pears. It is the season for craft fairs, etc. I hope you had a good day.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Sounds like you had a great time at the chestnut roast. I never been to a chestnut roast. In fact I never even ate one.we dont have fall festivals where I live, I wish they would.
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
Aren't you in Kansas? They have festivals all over around my part of the state. This chestnut roast was about six hours drive away, but mostly I go to stuff nearby.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
1 Nov 08
sounds like y'all had a real big time. glad you did. we don't have many festivals around here. i never hear anything about chestnuts so i don't believe there are alot around here but i surecould be wrong. have been known to be a few times. lol
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
2 Nov 08
I guess they are not promoted very much, because they nearly disappeared because of disease in the US.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
1 Nov 08
It does sound like you and your husband had a nice time and you two make such a cute couple. Thanks for sharing with us. I don't guess I have even ever seen a chestnut much less eaten one. We don't have fall festivals where I live.
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@GardenGerty (92212)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Nov 08
This one was six hours from us, but when Bob's sister was a traveling nurse in Columbia we visited it once, and decided it would be a nice day trip for us. Not too far away.
@bfarrier1 (2083)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Very nice picture of the two of you.I live in Missouri but have not heard of this festival but it sure sounds like fun.Chestnuts around here or not very plentiful there is a few but nothing to talk about.The only fall festival that I usually attend is the one at the church its in Sept. You have a great night.