The Neighborhood Judges Pickle Fest 2021

Judges Pickle Fest 2021

With more things opening up in Wichita, it was time to get back to some food judging competitions. This time I was finally able to be joined by fellow members of The Neighborhood which is a collaboration of local influencers, foodies, bloggers and vloggers. We were invited to Blood Orchard for their annual Pickle Fest competition.

If you’ve never been to Blood Orchard, they are located at 6346 S Broadway and are an orchard that sells and grows such items like peaches, apples, cherries, pumpkins and more. On Saturdays, they will typically host a food truck event. Occasionally, a food competition is mixed in. This month, the food trucks were tasked with coming up with a unique creation using pickles.

I was joined by Fert The Foodie, Lynn Avants with Significantly Spicy and Live Local ICT in the judging. Here’s everything we had.

Descriptions weren’t given to us so I’m going to do my best in saying what was what.

The Entrants
A fried chimichanga stuffed with pickles, cheese, bacon and more from Smokin Diner
A stuffed pickle with a bloody mary from Smokin Diner
Dill Burger with wagyu, lemon dill aioli with duck fat fries from Bread Sled Cafe
Pickle Cupcake from Swheat State
Grilled chicken, fries, slaw and pickles from DR. Tawook
A fried pickle stuffed with a hot dog (or a corndog with a pickle) from Cousin Hector’s
Pickle Popper similar to a jalapeno popper from Funky Monkey Munchies

My Thoughts

While we were all debating, everybody picked out their three favorites.

Mine were the items from DR. Tawook, Bread Sled Cafe and Swheat Wheat (which also happened to be the three favorites from Fert the Foodie).

The Final Verdict

This was probably one of the most debated food judging competitions I’ve been a part of. Others had their favorites so we had to use the process of elimination to determine who would win. Only one of the items made everyone’s top three and they were determined the winner.

Drumroll please:

We all ended up voting on the Dill Burger from Bread Sled Cafe. They were a unanimous top three selection and deserving of taking home the title of Pickle Fest Champion 2021.

As usual, it was a lot of fun trying unique creations from all the food trucks. I was stuffed and could not put all the delicious food down. But it was fun to be in the company of fellow foodies in town and look forward to the next outing.

Happy Dining,

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