See me, weigh me, eat me: Special pumpkin, watermelon dishes during festival

ABOVE: Commercial Hotel assistant manager Natalia Goodall enjoying a watermelon mojito. Photo: Susanna Freymark

There will be pumpkins. Giant ones and they’ll be weighed at 9am on Saturday, January 21 in Kyogle at the Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival in Stratheden St.

The weighing starts at 9am this Saturday, January 21.

The weigh-in of the giant pumpkins. Photo: Susanna Freymark

After viewing the vegetables why not enjoy an ice cold watermelon Pilsner or watermelon mojito at the Top Pub.

There are cafes and clubs in Kyogle offering special dishes as part of the festival and right through January.

Roxy Lane cafe has spiced pumpkin waffles with vanilla cream. Ruby’s cafe is serving pumpkin lasagne. Kyogle Bowling Club offers a special dish of prosciutto wrapped pumpkin on a rocket, fetta and pine nut salad with macerated strawberries and a creamy blue cheese sauce. Or try the grilled barramundi on a watermelon, baby spinach and fetta salad.

Watermelon drinks and the pumpkin cous cous salad with grilled crispy skinned salmon at the Top Pub in Kyogle. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Undercover judges have been sampling the festival dishes and the winner will be announced at the Festival Saturday 21st January 2023.

Prosciutto wrapped pumpkin at Kyogle Bowling Club. Photo: Contributed

Gardeners aren’t just being judged on pumpkins.

And can bring their produce in these categories to Stratheden St by 10:30am on Saturday, January 21.

The categories are –

Heaviest round watermelon

Heaviest tomato

Smallest tomato (junior only)

Longest cucumber

Longest zucchini

Longest carrot

Heaviest sweet potato

Most unusual garden produce

Best garden harvest basket

There will prizes for all categories.

There is a watermelon eating competition.

Kids tucking in at last year’s watermelon festival. Photo: Contributed

Train rides, vintage cars on display, live music, art and more at the Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival.

See you there.

Find out more at the festival Facebook page.

And don’t forget to guess the weight of the pumpkin at Harley & Co on Summerland Way, Kyogle. You get three guesses for $5. Closest guess wins $500.

Guess the weight of John Leadbetter’s pumpkin and win $500. Photo: Contributed
Commercial Hotel chef Shantelle Little with the special festival dishes. Photo: Susanna Freymark

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