Schell: Local picklers start your kettles rolling

Pickle makers get ready to rumble! We are having A Great Big B.C. Pickle Contest.

Pickle makers get ready to rumble! We are having A Great Big B.C. Pickle Contest.

This is truly one of the best ideas I have heard in a long time. Home canners and amateur chefs are invited to submit their pickles for British Columbia’s first pickle contest this fall.

Judged by a panel of food writers, chefs and “pickle experts,” the winner receives a trip for two to Montréal, two night’s accommodation, dinner at Montréal’s Dunn’s Famous Restaurant Deli and pickles for life at the first Western Canadian Dunn’s location in Vancouver.

Dunn’s Famous, is an iconic Montreal smoked meat restaurant/deli chain in Montreal.  To celebrate the opening of their first Western Canadian location on Seymour and Robson in Vancouver, Dunn’s is holding a province-wide pickle contest.

Dunn’s Famous BC has partnered with four British Columbia Farmers’ Markets to bring together the home canners who purchase their pickling cucumbers from local farmers. Pickle pros and amateurs will be able to drop off their pickles and recipes at four B.C. locations: Trout Lake Farmers’ Market in Vancouver; Moss Street Market in Victoria; Penticton Community Market in the Okanagan (for us) and the Haney Farmers’ Market in Maple Ridge.

Here is what you have to do.

Participants must register on the Great Big Pickle contest site Contestants must supply an original pickle recipe along with no less than a total of 30 pickles in sealed glass jars—whole pickling cucumbers only.

Pickles can be dropped off on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Dunn’s pickle contest table in the Penticton Market. Contestants must fill in the ballot online and email it in, as well as print the form and attach it to their pickles.

Eight finalists will be chosen by secret ballot.

The finalists will be judged live at Trout Lake Farmers’ Market in Vancouver, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, with the grand prize winner chosen and runners up prizes distributed to the rest of the finalists.

Come on Okanagan pickling people—make us proud!



Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.


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