Saturday, November 6, 2010
Here's how it works. You can bring your own leftover jack-o-lantern.
Or you can buy a pumpkin there.
And for a modest donation that benefits the park, you get to launch your pumpkin in one of these puppies.
trebuchets, according to a conversation I overheard at the Chuck where some guys were discussing this in great detail.
Or you could just look at it with the wide-eyed glee of all the kids who got to watch their pumpkins shot into the sky.
And then splat down the hill, turning into compost.
Despite the chill, there was a good crowd for this neighborhood festival. And even a pumpkin queen.
Local public radio station WNKU broadcast from the event (loved DJ The Real Mary Peale's seasonal playlist), and I was happy to see the food vendors who chose to participate, including Jean-Paul's Paradiso, Luckman's Coffee (huge line for hot drinks from them!), and Fireside Pizza (who I managed to catch at the food truck location at 5th and Race a couple of weeks ago - I hear they plan to be there more often as their regular trips to farmers market and festivals like these wind down for the season).
But the food I really came here for was from Tom + Chee, a favorite of mine since they started last winter on Fountain Square next to the ice rink. I've missed them since they were ousted from Fountain Square for the installation of the rink this year, but can't wait until they have their Court Street brick-and-mortar location up and running. I'll have more to post about them, but for now, here are photos of their Pepperoni + Chee sandwich and cheesy pumpkin soup I warmed up with today after the Chuck.
Stay warm, all, and enjoy your weekend!