Garden Fest to feature food, music, hayrides

Food, music and hayride tours will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at Burden from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge.

During the event, visitors will have an opportunity to take a hayride to the Botanic Gardens research area to taste tomatoes, watermelons, peppers and fruit crops and learn about the latest research conducted by the LSU AgCenter, according to Burden resident director Jeff Kuehny.

Food companies in the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator also will offer samples of their new foods and beverages beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Egg Commission will prepare and serve omelets from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and visitors can sample Bloody Marys from Mason’s Grill from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Louisiana Culinary Institute and the East Baton Rouge Parish Extension Office will offer samples of dishes prepared from vegetables produced at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The tastings will include recipes and nutritional information for each selection.

The Garden Fest Cocktail Contest will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, when visitors can sample concoctions made from Louisiana spirits.

Visitors also are invited to bring their best tomatoes from their gardens to enter in the outstanding tomato contest.

LSU AgCenter experts will conduct a plant health clinic and diagnose problems with plant specimens visitors bring to them.

Baton Rouge Music Studios and Visit Baton Rouge will present the Singers Songwriter Showcase from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The performance is open to musicians of all ages who can accompany themselves on guitar, keyboard or any other instrument. Pianos will be provided by Baton Rouge Music Studio. Songs do not have to be original, but original songs are encouraged. In addition, the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store will have ice cream available for purchase.

Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 4 to 20. Children under 3 will be admitted free.

Burden Museum & Gardens is at 4560 Essen Lane off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.

More information is available at DiscoverBurden.com or by phone at (225) 763-3990.

Red Stick Sprouts kids program expands

The Red Stick Sprouts kids program is expanding to the Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market this summer.

The kids’ club connects youth in the Baton Rouge area with local farmers and food grown locally to help them learn to make healthful food choices by learning about the local food system.

With each visit, participants can earn tokens to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market.

Red Stick Sprouts offers farm-to-table activities for kids from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the downtown Red Stick Farmers Market at Fifth and Main streets. Kids may visit any location of the Red Stick Farmers Market to sign up for Red Stick Sprouts and receive program updates.

Red Stick Sprouts and Red Stick Mobile Farmers Market are special projects of Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance, which also operates Red Stick Farmers Market and Main Street Market, and provides support and direct sales opportunities for Louisiana’s small farmers.

Red Stick Farmers Mobile Market operates on the following weekly schedule, weather permitting: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Scotlandville Library, 7373 Scenic Highway, and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Star Hill Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive; and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St.; and noon to 2 p.m. Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington St.

Bull Burger Battles back in BR on June 14

Bull Burger Battles, a nationwide series of live-event burger cook-offs to find the best hamburger cooks and chefs across the country, is firing up for a second season and returns to Goodwood Hardware in Baton Rouge on June 14.

Other Bull Burger Battles will be held in Mahopac, New York; Carol Stream, Illinois.; San Marcos, California; and Indianapolis.

The champions of this year’s five Burger Battles will be invited to compete as part of Bull Outdoor Products’ Bull Team in the World Burger Championship on Nov. 12-18 at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

“The Bull Burger Battles and the World Food Championships invite restaurants and backyard cooks to man their grills and throw down to see who has the best burger in town,” said Mike McCloud, president and founder of the World Food Championships. “Last year showed that once you win a Bull Burger Battle, the sky is the limit for how far you can go.”

Wade Fortin, the 2013 World Burger champion, qualified for the World Food Championships after winning the Bull Burger Battle competition in Carol Stream, Illinois. Out of a field of 35 burger competitors, Team Bull was represented by three of its six members in the Top 10 round.

Fortin finished third overall at the World Food Championships’ Final Table. “The World Food Championships” will air as a six-episode reality series chronicling the 2013 competition on the A&E Networks’ new FYI Network this summer.

The 2014 World Food Championships will invite 500 of the world’s best cooks and chefs, amateurs and pros, to battle it out for thousands of dollars in prizes.

For information on how to enter a Bull Burger Battle, visit bullbbq.com.

Sherry Fest planning variety of events in N.O.

The Sherry Fest NOLA Board has scheduled a variety of events, including tastings, dinners and seminars, across New Orleans to increase awareness of the Spanish fortified wine.

It also is introducing the Sherry Fest Membership Card. The $20 card gets members discounts and free pours of sherry from more than 20 stores and bars for life.

Cane and Table, 1113 Decatur St., will hold a sherry pig roast at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 5, with signature sherry cocktails. Cost is $10 with the Sherry Fest Card and $17 without the card.

On Friday, Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave., will host a free sherry tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a free in-depth seminar from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those with a Sherry Fest Membership Card can get 10 percent discounts on purchases of sherry by the bottle.

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Doris Metropolitan, 620 Chartres St., will offer its “Sherry, Seafood and Steak Lunch Extravaganza,” a ?ve-course lunch featuring sherry pairings. Cost is $65 with the Sherry Fest Card and $75 without.

Compiled by Advocate staff