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Carrot Festival takes the cake

Agudat Achim's yearly fundraiser is a spirited celebration of the humble root vegetable

There is only one place to go this weekend if you are craving carrots.

Members of the Agudat Achim Congregation are holding their 32nd annual Carrot Festival on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine at the grounds of their synagogue. The event is free and offers families a day to enjoy some tasty carrot treats while listening to music and getting together with family and friends.

It is a fabulous family event, said festival co-chair Hillary Fink. "It truly brings the whole community together. There is something that could spark anybody's interest."

The signature dish of the festival is the carrot cake, which consists of two thick layers of cake with a rich praline filling and a cream cheese icing to top it off.

To prepare for the festival, 700 individual cakes were baked, along with 22 large sheet cakes. A total of 350 pounds of carrots were used for various food items in the festival.

"We use a lot of carrots," said Anita Merims, baking coordinator and co-food coordinator for the festival.

There are also a variety of alternative carrot cakes, including banana chocolate chip carrot cake, pineapple carrot cake, chunky apple carrot cake and carrot pumpkin bread.

"All our cakes are good, and the signature carrot cake " everybody loves that people wait all year to buy it," said Merims.

The food tent holds many other food choices as well, including traditional Jewish dishes such as Tzimmes, Israeli Salad, hummus, falafel and beef brisket sandwiches. There will also be child-friendly foods such as hamburgers and hot dogs. For vegetarians there will be grilled portobello mushrooms and potato latkes with applesauce, which is a traditional Jewish dish served around Hanukkah.

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