National Lentil Festival
Aug. 21-22. Friday kicks off with free lentil chili for everyone, live music on four stages, local microbrew beer garden, games and activities for the whole family and a great selection of food, arts and crafts and information booths. The Gazebo Stage features Whole Foods Market and PNW Co-op Specialty Foods sponsor “Ask the Experts – From Growing to Cooking to Eating” on Friday, and live cooking demonstrations on Saturday. Festivalgoers can learn experts’ secrets to cooking with lentils and their tremendous health benefits, as well as how to make several delicious lentil dishes at home. Saturday starts off with the Tase T. Lentil 5K Fun Run, the Lentil Pancake Breakfast and the Grand Parade through the middle of downtown Pullman. Festival-goers can stroll through the Lentil Lane Food Court in Reaney Park. The Lentil Festival Marketplace and beer and wine garden will also be open to peruse while enjoying great live entertainment featuring country music sensation, Dylan Scott. The Legendary Lentil Cook-off, sponsored by USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council will have the top five finalists come to the festival and prepare their recipes for a panel of celebrity judges on Saturday afternoon with emcee Ed Van Nuland from New Country 104.3! Those top five dishes will also be available for 100 lucky festival-goers to sample and vote on the People’s Choice Award. For the young, and young at heart, the Lentil Land Kids Area has everything from a 12-foot Monster Mural and lentil crafts, to inflatable games, hands-on science experiments and a kids stage. For those with a competitive spirit, there is a 3-on-3 Basketball tournament and a co-ed Softball tournament. New this year is the Tase T. Lentil Miniature Golf Tournament at Airway Hills Golf Center. Competitors can register as individuals, teams or families for this weekend tournament. Visit www.lentilfest.com.