Warning: This blog may compel you to experience a gastronomical delight!
It’s Tamarack Time in Bigfork and as the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to crunch under foot, Northwestern Montanans turn their thoughts to food! In Bigfork, the little village on the bay, that means bringing out the chefs and gourmands who cook and bake up their best recipes all the way from Peggy’s Pumpkin Fudge to Denise’s Pumpkin Chili and everything in between. There‘ll be about 200 different dishes in 14 categories. From appetizers to main dishes and pies to pickles, it’s like an old fashioned harvest festival, a county fair and a friendly food competition all wrapped up in one big eating extravaganza that promises to be (as it always has been) a gastronomical delight.
Each category will receive awards for the tastiest entries but the best part is that the tasting is open to anyone who shows up and pays $5 (children under 5 are free). With that, you can sample any and all of the entries to your heart’s content. The proceeds go to help support Bigfork, an unincorporated community that functions through a dedicated group of citizens who continually volunteer their time and resources
“This will be the 28th year for Tamarack Time Food Festival, originally the brain child of the late Elna and George Darrow who spearheaded it to create a sense of community among the local residents and a way to celebrate our beautiful falls in Bigfork,” says Gretchen Gates, owner of Eva Gates Fudge.
Tamarack Time is family-friendly with pumpkin carving, hay bales, free apple pressing (bring your own ½ bushel or more and a container), live music, all-day specials at the Bigfork Merchants and every kind of fall fun imaginable. Plus, it’s a great photo op for friends and family.
The tasting begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 and it’s all located all up and down Electric Avenue in Bigfork Village. Eat, play and have a ton of fun, then stick around for the Oktoberfest celebration at the Garden Bar where you can get free beer and brats (if you can possibly eat any more) for Customer Appreciation starting at 2pm. For more information visit the Bigfork Chamber site.
We’ll see you there, Saturday, October 8th in Bigfork on Electric Avenue. Who doesn’t love the comfort foods of fall, right?
A little homage to fall in Northwestern Montana:
For those of you who don’t know about Tamaracks. They are tree native to Canada but spread down to the northern US. The name “tamarack” comes from the Algonquian word meaning “wood used for snowshoes.” What is unique about the Tamarack is that it is a deciduous “evergreen.” In the fall, the needles turn a bright color of deep yellow and bronze and then drop before winter, but not before exploding into a glorious vista across the mountains and valleys of western Montana, particularly in the Flathead Valley. A fall drive to see the Tamaracks is surely worth it!
Photo from available property 68 Rivers Bigfork, Montana