My landlord is a die-hard East Bay native and as far as I can tell, an expert in hunting, quality flannel, and where to buy the best local produce. When he told me that I should check out the zucchini festival in Hayward, California a few weeks ago, I knew I had to go.
The zucchini festival was a fun family affair with tons of vendors, music, and your typical fair food. What it lacked, in my opinion, was more zucchini! Where was the zucchini spaghetti, zucchini chutney, or zucchini-flavored ice cream? Why wasn’t there a zucchini growing contest? How about the zucchini-themed memorabilia? If anyone works for the city of Hayward’s event planning department, give me a call- I have some ideas that can liven up the next zucchini fest.
Anyways, all of the zucchini dishes we tried were delicious, and I was also pleasantly surprised at vendors’ attempts to add a bit of culture to the plain ‘ole zucchini. We ate deep fried zucchini, a zucchini-bacon wrapped hotdog, Jamaican zucchini slaw, a zucchini quesadilla, zucchini pakora, and zucchini bread. Not too shabby for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. If you have a special way that you like to dress up this underrated vegetable, please share below!