Cullman Strawberry Festival, 2021

We bought these last week, locally grown. Nothing better.

May 1, aka Mayday, is the beginning of the Cullman Strawberry Festival, at the Festhalle. There will be plenty of Chicken Dancing, and strawberries galore. Also, some lovely lass will be crowned Strawberry Queen. This schedule is courtesy of Cullman Parks and Rec.

Schedule of Events

7am

farmers market

festhalle

10am

kids carnival

museum gazebo

arts & crafts show

depot park

food vendors open

museum parking lot

dj laken pitts

main stage – between sets

cullman community band

main stage

magic show with brian reaves

First Avenue Stage

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR

UNITED WAY PARKING LOT

Lifesouth blood drive

depot park

bookmobile

museum

11am

cullman high school jazz band

main stage

cullman civic ballet – “Alice in Wonderland”

First Avenue Stage

11:45am

wallace state dancers

First Avenue Stage

12pm

the humdingers

main stage

strawberry soda throwdown

First Avenue stage

12:30pm

introduction of miss strawberry festival

main stage

12:50pm

the humdingers

main stage

1pm

cullman civic ballet – “Alice in Wonderland”

first avenue stage

1:40pm

the humdingers

main stage

1:45pm

wallace state dancers

first avenue stage

2pm

cullman middle school jazz band

main stage

strawberry eating contest

first avenue stage

2:30pm

strawberry festival baking competition

main stage

3pm

Doggie “Paw”geant

main stage

4pm

wallace state jazz band & Singers

main stage

Cullman ballet theatre school

first avenue stage

after “paw”ty

museum gazebo

5pm

cornhole tournament registration

festhalle

strawberry soda throwdown

main stage

5:30pm

strawberry bucket hoisting contest

main stage

6pm

lorirayne music

main stage

6:15pm

cornhole tournament

festhalle

7pm

avenue g band

main stage

9pm

after party with dj laken pitts

Steamed Sponge Cake with Fresh Berries and Cream

That’s a Spring Dessert

We have wild blueberries in the woods, and fresh strawberries at the Festhalle, our local farmer’s market. How about a spring dessert?

Just cut up the strawberries, and add some sugar. The blueberries don’t need anything but their own fine selves. Whip up some heavy cream and steam a sponge cake.

Ingredients for the Sponge Cake

2 organic Eggs

1/2 cup organic Sugar

Vanilla

Meyer Lemon Juice

1/2 cup Flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Separate the eggs, and turn the whites into a meringue with the sugar. I used our thirty year old Kitchen Aid, but a whisk will do as well. Add the yolks, vanilla, and lemon juice, beat for a minute or so, and then slowly fold in the flour and baking powder. Butter a baking dish, and get to steaming.

San Fran Wok with a Homemade Lid

I bought a USA made wok from the Wok Shop in San Fran, but made my own lid out of an old mixing bowl. The knob is dogwood that I turned on my lathe. The lid is exactly the right size. It accommodates a steaming rack and a cake pan.

Cake passing the Toothpick Test

The steamed cake has a wonderful texture and taste. It better, as it has all that juice to soak up. The last bite, which is nothing but cake mush and berry juice, is the best.