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Carrot Festival takes the cake

With a variety of food choices at the Carrot Festival in Niskayuna, eventgoers will need to save room for some cake.

Members of Congregation Aqudat Achim in Niskayuna have been preparing carrot cake for the festival for several weeks. The group prepared more than 600 small cakes for sale and more than 20 large cakes, which yield 60 slices had already been ordered by customers more than two weeks before the festival.

The cake, which is the signature Carrot Festival offering, is two layers thick with a praline filling and cream cheese frosting.

In addition to carrot cake, there will be homemade carrot raisin cookies, chicken soup, carrot pineapple cake, carrot bagels and tzimmes, which is a traditional Jewish dish containing carrots, prunes, raisins, squash and honey. Tzimmes is often served during the Rosh Hashanah meal for the Jewish New Year.

Other festival offerings include chocolate chip banana cake, chocolate chip cookies, Israeli salad, hummus, knishes, brisket, matzo ball soup, sesame noodles, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers.

More than 3 million pounds of carrots were ordered in preparation for the festival according to Anita Merims.

Many of the carrots used in the foods were grown in Israel, said Hillary Fink, who helped to organize the event. She said the carrots are not ready in this area in June when much of the food is prepared.

In addition to the food offerings, the event will feature arts and crafts vendors, performances, as well as car seat safety checks and several activities for children of all ages.

Pony rides and a petting zoo will also be available from noon to 2 p.m. Girl Scouts from Troop 2216 will be doing hair wraps and the 4-H group will do face painting.

The official radio sponsor of the event is Magic 100.9.

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