Gadzukes! Festival celebrates zucchini
Category: Food & Eating

Gadzukes! Festival celebrates zucchini

Written by Wil Lawrence:


That’s what I shout when I forget to check the zucchini plant for a week.  You, too?
Come commemorate this year’s zucchini harvest and commiserate on their abundance with other zucchini growers at Brooktondale’s Fourth Gadzukes! Zucchini Festival on August 22, 10 am to 2 pm, Brooktondale Community Center. It’s all things zucchini.  All activities except the buffet are free.

Vegetable Contest—enter your home-grown zucchini.  Big, small, beautiful or ugly, it will be declared a winner in its own category. Entries due by 10:30 am.

Recipe Contest—enter your dish in Entrée, Side Dish, Dessert and Gluten-Free categories.  Lots of prizes. Entries due by 10:30 am. Consider making…zucchini pizza, lasagna, soup, latkes, relish, salad, waffles, bread, cupcakes, pie (yes, pie!!), cake, juice, pate, frittata, fritters, sorbet, granola bars, what.evvverrr. Make enough for 12 people and bring a copy of the recipe for sharing.

$5 buffet—At noon, prepare to be re-introduced to the zucchini by sampling the contest entries. Vote on your favorites. We expect to have 50 dishes this year!

Activities—Face painting. Balloon hats. Live Music. Photo Ops.  Be a zucchini, or a zucchini-loving insect. Get your picture taken. Make a giant drawing with other zucchini-lovers to be displayed for the month of December at GreenStar Coop.

Caroline Farmers Market—pick up fresh local vegetables and products while you are there.

Donate your zucchinis—We will gladly accept your extra zucchinis as contributions to the local food pantry.

Come join us at the GadZukes Zucchini Festival!  Saturday, August 22, 10 am to 2 pm, Brooktondale Community Center, 522 Valley Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817.  See Brooktondale Community Center on Facebook for details. Or visit

Get rid of old friends: they too
have gardens and full trunks.
Look for newcomers: befriend
them in the post office, unload
on them and run. Stop tourists
in the street. Take truckloads
to Boston. Give to your Red Cross.
Beg on the highway: please
take my zucchini, I have a crippled
mother at home with heartburn.

Sneak out before dawn to drop
them in other people’s gardens,
in baby buggies at churchdoors.
Shot, smuggling zucchini into
mailboxes, a federal offense. …
–Excerpted from “Attack of the Squash People,” by Marge Piercy.

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Image credit: Photos courtesy of Wil Lawrence


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