I scouted out this seemingly well-known treat on my next excursion to the emphasis Trader Joe’s store and located them in the chip aisle. I found them in a rather homely and antiquated plain bag, which was simply labeled – ‘Kettle Corn’ in an old fashioned typeface. For obvious reasons this homely little bag had failed to capture my attention on previous visits, and the fact that the contents were hidden from view also made this snack easily overlooked by me.
So, why do we like the Whirley Pop so much? Isn’t microwave popcorn faster? Actually, a batch of Whirley popcorn takes about 3 minutes on our gas stove, so, microwave popcorn isn’t faster. Plus, with the recent health concerns over the ingredients in microwave popcorn, we feel much better adding our own oil and popcorn kernels and knowing that is all we are eating. And, as flavor goes, there really is no comparison. I think microwave popcorn is usually too salty and too oily. Popcorn from the Whirley Pop comes out light and fluffy. Just salt and butter to taste and you are ready to go.
At 6:00 is the art gallery walk, where visitors take a walking tour of the local galleries, that are displaying both local and foreign artists, and serving wine and cheese. Click on this link for the gallery walk schedule and locations.
The fireworks will take place at 9:00 pm tonight in Mitchell Park. Still to come today are the kayak derby at 3:00. There is a plein air art show in Mitchell Park from 3:00 until 6:00, followed by a silent auction until 8:00 There is a pirate show in Mitchell Park at 4:00.
You need to figure out what is the best way to promote and advertise your new Kettle Corn business. This can be done through a number of ways. But for most local owned Vegan Festival Concession businesses, this is normally done through newspaper ads or even online notification services.
In the background, at about every half-block, are entertainers. Some wail on an electric guitar, some juggle, others sing or play instruments you’ve never seen before. It’s definitely entertaining, and it’s free. There is even a special section for children.
After a few minutes, you will notice that the popcorn kernels are beginning to smell like popcorn, although they haven’t begun popping yet. This is the time when you want to add the sugar to the pot. Remove the lid, disperse the sugar (not in one big lump, but poured as evenly as possible throughout the pot). Replace the lid, and continue sliding the pot back and forth on the burner.
Besides, I am a huge fan of meritage; a blend using at a minimum Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc…a typical Bordeaux blend. My gracious host spent some time in the wine business; and as he indicated, I hope and pray he will be my best patron at my wine bar slated to open in May 2010. I hope I don’t miss the Derby…well; there’s no chance of that.