Time to Rally Hard for the Tasty Harbinger of Spring…Rhubarb!

Time to Rally Hard for the Tasty Harbinger of Spring…Rhubarb!

Don’t miss the zany Kitchen Kettle Village Rhubarb Festival on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th.

All hail the pink and green as rhubarb arrives in Lancaster County and takes over Kitchen Kettle Village for our 35th Rhubarb Festival. What is a “rhubarb” you ask? It is one of two perennial vegetables and a reason to celebrate at Kitchen Kettle Village.

Rhubarb

The festival includes two fun-filled days where guests can enjoy the World’s Only Rhubarb Race Car Derby (yes, little dragsters made from rhubarb & raced on a real track), a “Bake a Pie…Save a Farm” Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County Baking Contest (open to bakers of all ages – the only stipulation is that your dessert must use rhubarb as an ingredient). You’ll also find delicious rhubarb inspired foods, 300lbs of fresh, local rhubarb for sale (rhubarb plants too), as well as live musicians and demonstrations. Not to be missed is our Rollicking Rhubarb Stroll (too small to be called a parade) featuring a float for our Rhubarb Royalty, costume characters, Kitchen Kettle’s own pink ladies, and new this year the “Little Pink Ladies & Magenta Gentlemen”, baton twirlers and more!

Rhubarb Festival Float

The Kitchen Kettle Village Rhubarb Festival brings out the competitive spirit in our employees as they compete for the title of Rhubarb King and Queen, and the “Best Dressed Employee” award sporting fascinators, hats, tutus and more all for the love of rhubarb. We invite you to celebrate spring with us in Lancaster County and get to know rhubarb!


2018 Annual Rhubarb Festival Events & Activities

Friday, May 18th, 2018

  • 11am-1pm – The Rampart Street Ramblers performing at the stage area
  • 11am and 2pm – Cheese Stretching demonstrations at Aged & Cured
  • Noon – Rhubarb Whoopie Pie Filling Contest at the stage area-participants needed
  • Noon-2pm – Enjoy the antics of strolling comedian Geist
  • 1pm – Fascinator Making Demonstration at the stage area
  • 2pm-5pm – The Dreadnought Duo Band performing at the stage area
  • All Day – Visit the rhubarb hospitality table for a sample
  • All Day – Vote for the best dressed rhubarb inspired employee
  • All Day – Fresh rhubarb for sale
  • All Day – Rhubarb jams being made in our Jam & Relish Kitchen

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

  • 10am – “Bake a Pie…Save a Farm – Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County Baking Contest” featuring celebrity judges. Dessert slices will be sold following the competition. All proceeds benefit the Lancaster Farmland Trust.
  • 11am and 2pm – Cheese Stretching demonstrations at Aged & Cured
  • 11am-3pm —Rhubarb Race Car Derby to benefit Lancaster Farmland Trust – races held at 11am, Noon & 3pm
  • 11am-1pm – Balloon twisting for the kids with the “Balunguy”
  • 11:30am – Crowning of the official Rhubarb King & Queen at the stage area
  • 11:30am-2:30pm – Nick DiSanto, the one-man-band, performing at the top of the Village
  • Noon–2:30pm – Summit Hill Band performing bluegrass favorites at the stage
  • 2pm – Rollicking Rhubarb Stroll (too small to be called a parade) featuring musicians, costumed characters, Kitchen Kettle’s own pink ladies, the “Barbettes” (our little Pink Ladies) and the Rhubarb King & Queen.
  • 2:30-5:30pm – Enjoy the sounds of the Roof Rockets (a 50’s -60’s cover band) performing at the stage
  • All Day – Visit the rhubarb hospitality table for a sample
  • All Day – Vote for the best dressed rhubarb inspired employee
  • All Day – Fresh rhubarb for sale
  • All Day – Rhubarb jams being made in our Jam & Relish Kitchen