The chilly air and cloudy skies didn’t deter Fluff Festival attendees this Saturday in Union Square, as thousands of people came from far and wide to participate in this whimsical event. I was lucky enough to score one of the coveted cooking contest judging spots, securing a behind-the-scenes look at the festival.
My fellow judges, (from left to right) Patrick Gilmartin of Staff Meal (now of River Bar), Aaron Cohen of Eat Boston (and Gracie’s Ice Cream) and James DiSabatino of Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and I were tasked with tasting about 25 cooking contest entries and deciding who created the best overall dish as well as who created the best traditional dish, the best original dish, the most creative presentation and the best youth entry. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
It was a real testament to the popularity of the Fluff Festival and the love people have for Somerville that they put so much effort into their cooking contest entries. Most people went sweet with their dishes, with items like cupcakes being the most popular, but there was a savory dish of sliders with Fluff infused dressing! It was difficult to pick a winner–and we had so much fun trying the diverse creations–but in the end, someone had to come out on top. The toughest decision of all was actually in the kid’s division, as all of their dishes were so creative and tasty!
Here are some photos of the cooking contest entires and the festival itself …
Did you attend the Fluff Festival? What was your favorite part? Are you going to enter the cooking contest next year?