NEW LOCATION- At the New Roadhouse Amphitheater located just 100 yards east of the winery on Old Rt. 39.
Breitenbach’s annual Dandelion Festival will take place on Friday May 2 from noon-7 and Saturday May 3, 2014 from 9-8. This festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours and live entertainment are scheduled for both days.
On May 3 at noon, children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Children should gather in the picnic shelter on top of the hill. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday.
The Great Dandelion Cookoff- May 3 at 2:00pm
The Great Dandelion Cookbook is now available for $8.00 plus tax and shipping. We have collected recipes from 20 years of cookoffs and now you can try it at home! Call 1-800-THE-WINE to order.
Great weather smiles on 20th annual Dandelion MayFest
DOVER —By Lee Elliott
TimesReporter.com correspondent Posted May 05, 2013 @ 04:15 PM
As dandelions sprout up annually, it’s a colorful reminder for those who tout all things wonderful about the plant. About 12,000 visitors did just that as great weather, food, wine tasting and entertainment combined Friday and Saturday at the 20th annual Dandelion MayFest at Breitenbach Winery on Old Route 39, between Dover and Sugarcreek. First-time visitors proclaimed their love for all aspects of the event. Heidi Rakow and Kyle Sickles, of Cuyahoga Falls, said they made the trip because their families kept telling them how wonderful the festival has been. “We weren’t too enthusiastic about the idea, but now that we are here, we absolutely love it.” Rakow said. “The land is so beautiful and the atmosphere so relaxing, we are really glad we didn’t miss it.” Nancy Linder and Darla Potter of Louisville, Ohio, recalled that while they were growing up, their families ate dandelion green salads and made wine. “This is reminiscent of those wonderful old times,” Linder said, and Potter added, “We found the arts and crafts to be the best we’ve seen around this area, and the music has been wonderful.” Mike Davis and Robin Houck, of Salem, Ohio, were raised on farms and said they felt like they had returned home. “Looking at the beautiful rolling hills and the grape arbors, and seeing the wonderful artwork from the area, made us realize what a gem we have here that many people may not have heard about,” Davis said.
Those six visitors were among many visitors who readily said they plan to return next year. The Great Dandelion Cook Off highlighted activities. Heather Dummermuth of Concord captured first place with her Greek Sty le Dandelion Stuffed Steak and Dandelion and Feta Mashed Potatoes.“I just enjoy cooking and entertaining, and dandelions are a perfect healthy food with which to experiment,” said Dummermuth, who entered the contest for her sixth year. “And this year, I finally won.” Taking second and third places — both for desserts — were Dawn Vacco of East Canton, for Dandelion Cake with Dandelion Wine and Cream Cheese Frosting, and Jona Scott of Port Washington, for Dandy Chocolate Cake.
All recipes were judged for taste, appearance, originality and dandelion content. The amount of dandelions used varied from 8 cups to just a tiny bit of tea and crystallized flower heads. Judges tasted each entry, which spectators were invited to sample after the winners were selected. Among other entries were meatloaf, quiche, stromboli, sesame chicken, asparagus roll-ups and divinity.
Carmel Haueter, executive director of The Rainbow Connection, served as the mistress of ceremonies for the contest. Festival Chairwoman Anita Davis, whose family owns the winery, called it a highly successful weekend. “Look around,” she said. “Everyone is happy and relaxed. We were able to provide transportation up and down the hills so that anyone of any age could manage. From the beginning, we didn’t want to make this just a wine festival. With the shuttles and hay wagon, everyone can see it all.” Davis said about 100 children participated in the dandelion hunt on the grounds of the vineyards. After the picking, many helped to make dandelion jelly. At least 2,000 people toured the wine-making facilities and sampled five kinds of wine. The winery offered 1,500 gallons of dandelion wine for sale.Visitors browsed among plenty of arts and crafts, including dandelion soap, original watercolor paintings, handmade jewelry, candles and woodcarvings. Terry Bellrose of Dover, was busy selling dandelion fry pies, T-shirts, cook books, jelly and greens. He said one of the most popular items was dandelion sangria. Other favorites were Boyd and Wurthman’s dandelion gravy with potatoes, and dandelion donuts from Strasburg. While spectators roamed the festival, entertainers supplied music ranging from country to rock. Gary Lee, a folk singer from Lakeside, played guitar and harmonica between cooking demonstrations. Making his 20th festival appearance, Lee said that after the first year he wrote a song about dandelions. Like the dandelions themselves, it’s a popular favorite each year. While the thousands of visitors obviously enjoyed the yellow and green plant, probably many homeowners throughout the Tuscarawas Valley took advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday to mow their lawns and battle the spread of what they consider a mere weed.
Anita Davis offers a different approach — “Don’t forget, our motto is: The best way to control dandelions is to eat them.”
Celebrate and learn about Dandelions!
Dandelions are great in food, they are fun to pick and they can beautify your life. Our juried dandelion arts and craft show features beautiful handmade jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, candles, hand-made soaps (including dandelion soap), books about dandelions and much more. Call 330-343-3603 for an application. Also, learn about cooking with dandelions and the healthful benefits dandelions give us.
How many ways can you eat a dandelion? This 6-course gourmet dinner made by Sherry Schie, a Great Dandelion Cookoff winner, from Shy Cellars can show you just how versatile this little flower can be in food! Tickets for this event are 50 dollars and include the meal and wine. Space is limited, and only 50 seats are available. Tickets go on sale for Breitenbach VIP members on March 6th and for general public on March 11th. Click here for the dinner menu.
5K Dandelion May Run
In the Dandelion May Run, runners compete for cash and prizes. The course is 5K through beautiful, hilly Amish Country. You can find the results of this year’s run here. All proceeds from the Dandelion Run benefited Pathway to Wellness Recovery Center of Tuscarawas County. www.tchomelessshelter.com
Dandelion Festival Entertainment: To Be Announced
Roadhouse Amphitheater 5840 Old Rt. 39 Dover, OH 44622