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Castle Mountain Huckleberry Festival

Posted August 20, 2016 By sandy

The annual huckleberry festival in Castle Mountain in Alberta Canada is now a 3-day festival!

The festival started on Friday and is going through until Sunday.

Huckleberry Festival

Huck Fest grows to 3 days

The majority of the activities take place Saturday at the ski area west of Pincher Creek.

Breakfast is available from 9-10:30 a.m. in the daylodge. Then from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. people can ride the chairlift to take in the scenery and get to the best huckleberry picking spots on the mountain.

A flea market will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as activities for children from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. including a bouncy castle, games and face painting.

A barbecue lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is a pig roast buffet supper at 6 p.m. A silent auction will be set up also on the Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Castle Mountain Community Association.

Live music will be playing from noon to 8 p.m. as well at 9 p.m. when Elk Run Riot takes the stage.

Again a campfire Saturday night closes out the day if the weather permits.

Sunday features breakfast in the T-Bar Pub from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It looks good,” says Crawford, about the huckleberry crop on the mountain. “The guys were out the other day working and they ate huckleberries for their lunches.”

While the ski resort is slower in the summer months, the facilities are still used for weddings, conferences and retreats.

The Huckleberry Festival is the biggest event for CMR during the warmer season.

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Aftermath of the Huckleberry Festival in Jay

Posted July 7, 2016 By sandy

If you read my post from a week or so ago, you know that Jay Oklahoma hosted their annual huckleberry festival.

After the festival, Zack Collum, posted his review on the Grand Lake News website.
Aftermath of Huckleberry Festival in Jay

Here are some excerpts from his article on the Huckleberry Festival in Jay:

As I stood in line in front of the Grand River Abstract building, waiting for my ice cream with huckleberry sauce, my taste buds thought of the worst.

I thought ,”What if I turn out to be a big wuss and absolutely hate huckleberries?

What if I spit them out and everyone at the Huckleberry Festival gives me a concerned look when I walk by?”

I am thankful to report, this was not the case.

The huckleberry is better than I could have imagined. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

Gee, if Zack had lived somewhere near the Rocky Mountains where most people feel huckleberries are a common food staple (especially during this time of the year), he would already know how wonderful they taste in ice cream, in cakes, in fruit dishes, in specialty drinks and milk shakes, on salmon, in all kinds of baked goods ….. or just plain off the brush!

Here’s to Jay, Oklahoma’s Huckleberry Festival!!

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Now, if I had to pick a town that was the huckleberry capital of the world, I would pick a town in north Idaho or maybe Trout Creek, Montana …. but Jay, Oklahoma??

According to the website, Tulsa World, and along with the Jay, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce (who I contacted several years back with no response), Jay is the Huckleberry Capital of the World!

Here is what the Tulsa World says about the 49th annual huckleberry celebration:

Jay Chamber of Commerce Huckleberry Festival

 John Klein:  The Huckleberry is King in Jay

… The huckleberry is the state fruit of Idaho. It is celebrated in Trout Creek, a small town in northwestern Montana.

But it is in Jay, the Huckleberry Capital of the World, where the fruit is celebrated like no where else.

The National Huckleberry Festival is this week, the 49th annual celebration of a berry that is found all over the hills around this small town sandwiched between Grand Lake and the Arkansas border…

Huckleberries aren’t as plentiful as they once were in the hills around Jay. The plants have diminished over the years, and not as many folks pick huckleberries. It isn’t exactly easy. Huckleberry bushes often flourish in the most dense areas of vegetation in these hills….

“The huckleberries have a pretty strong flavor, so you have to be careful with them,” Coatney said.

That’s why the berries, often a deep purple to deep blue in color, often give the huckleberry milkshakes a pinkish tint.

“The huckleberries are so strong in flavor that they can overtake a milkshake if you use very many,” Coatney said. “It doesn’t take much.”…

There’s an art to making everything from the huckleberry milkshakes to the huckleberry pies.

“Well, obviously, I can’t tell you the recipe for the milkshakes because it is a secret,” Coatney said. “However, I can tell you that everybody just loves them.

“The huckleberries make a great milkshake. And, pie.”

Check out the full article here and decide for yourself!

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Donnelly Huckleberry Festival

Posted August 14, 2015 By sandy

Check out the Donnelly, Idaho Annual Huckleberry Festival, August 14th thru 16th, 2015, for a fun filled weekend:

Donnelly Huckleberry Festival

Friday:  Vendor Court 12pm to 6pm

Saturday

  • Vendor Court 9am to 6pm
  • Huck Trot 5K 9am
  • Parade 12pm
  • Pie Eating Contest 12:45pm
  • Rodeo 1pm
  • Concert/Street Dance featuring Jeff Crosby 7pm

Sunday

  • Vendors 10am – 3pm
  • Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast 8am – 11am
  • Dessert Contest 11am
  • Rodeo 1pm

For more information, contact the Greater Donnelly Area Chamber of Commerce

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Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival

Posted July 28, 2015 By sandy

If you are traveling or living in north Idaho, you might want to take in the huckleberry festival:

 Schweitzer Mountain Resort 9th annual huckleberry festival on Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival August 2

(more info here)

  • Huckleberry pancake breakfast from 7am to 1pm: $8.95 for adults, $5.00 for kids
  • Hosted huckleberry hikes
  • Huckleberry Color Fun Run & Ride
  • The Huckle Shuttle (to/from picking sites) runs from 9am to 3pm (based on berry availability)
  • Crafts and huckleberry activities in the village from 12:30pm to 4pm
  • Chairlift, Climbing Wall, Monkey Motion, Zip Line open 11am-5pm
  • Arts and Crafts vendors from 11am to 5pm
  • Free live music with Owen and McCoy from 1pm to 4pm

While in the area, you might want to visit Schweitzer’s hiking trails!

​Take in majestic views of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountain ranges while you feast your taste buds on delicious bursts of huckleberry goodness.  Whether or not you’ve ever enjoyed these iconic Northwest berries, you are in for a tangy, sweet and tart treat!  Our typical huckleberry season lasts from late July until late August.

Sweetness worth stopping for! – eating these berries may make you forget that you came for a hike and two hours later you could find yourself only 100 feet down the trail with a full belly and a silly purple smile!

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Huckleberry Picking is On!

Posted July 20, 2015 By sandy

According to the Spokesman Review …

Time is ripe for hounding huckleberries

The same weather that brought a thin snowpack, early runoff and an explosive wildfire season has delivered something that is infinitely more positive: an early and flavorful huckleberry crop.

Berries are now ripening at all elevations, and the word is getting out. Pickers are appearing on Inland Northwest slopes in good numbers.Huckleberry Picking is On!

Highlights from article include ….

The fruit is generally found above 4,000 feet in elevation and is a dominant shrub type in subalpine zones. However, there are small patches of lower-elevation huckleberries, including a number of tantalizing bushes in areas like Priest Lake.

But most huckleberry picking occurs up the slopes, often along hiking trails and old gravel roads….

…For many locals, Mount Spokane State Park is the closest, easiest place to go for berries even though there are many other locations where the berrying is at least as good or better.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort has its ninth annual Huckleberry Festival set for Aug. 2, with picking tours and a “huckle shuttle” to ferry pickers back and forth from the patches.

Priest Lake had its huckleberry festival Saturday.

In Wallace, the town’s huckleberry festival is set for Aug. 14 and 15….

…Huckleberries are found all over the mountain at Schweitzer, and that includes the ski runs. The same goes for Mt. Spokane and the 49 Degrees North ski area at Chewelah Peak.

Despite the early season, some reports indicate that berry production is spotty in places. Dry areas exposed to sun and heat are not producing as well. Berries may also be small….

… Inland Northwest forests contain numerous habitats, many of which offer more shade and moisture. While temperatures reached triple digits in the valleys in late June, temperatures at upper elevations didn’t top the 80s.

And some stress is good for the berries, said author Asta Bowen, who wrote “The Huckleberry Book.” The amount of water a huckleberry gets from melting snow and seasonal rains will dictate flavor intensity. Less water yields more flavor.

Since this year’s berries have been growing on limited moisture, the huckleberries should prove to be tasty….

READ THE FULL ARTICLE
Huckleberry Picking are On!! -- The Huckleberry Book by Asta Bowen

Also quoted in the article is Asta Bowen and her book:  The Huckleberry Book.

Her book is filled with fun stories, information and recipes.

You can find Asta Bowen’s book on our sister site:  Tastes of Idaho.

 

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The North Powder Huckleberry Festival committee is laying the plans for another fun day as they prepare for their ninth annual event, Saturday, July 25. The event is held in the heart of North Powder, located between Baker City and La Grande, (exit #285 from Interstate 84), in beautiful northeast Oregon.

Honoring the tasty wild berry that grows in the nearby mountains, the festival is a lively celebration of pioneer heritage and community spirit. Festival activities begin with the Subway Duathlon and Fun Run/Walk, with registration at 7 a.m. and starting at 8 a.m.

The day’s activities include a parade at 11 a.m., entertainment, craft and food vendors, games, a Huckleberry Dessert contest, a fire station barbecue, free huckleberry sundae, puppet show, mud volleyball tournament and street dance. Ninth Annual North Powder Huckleberry Festival

The Powder Valley All-School & Community Reunion Breakfast takes place from 7 to 10 a.m., on the school grounds and welcomes visitors and residents, along with former students.

The Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine is held adjacent to the festival and invites cars from throughout the northwest to participate.

The huckleberry dessert contest organizers anticipate a good berry crop and delicious entries. Contact Janet, janetd@eoni.com or 541.898.2620 for entry information.

The committee welcomes new vendors each year, to add to the regulars and those who have come for several years. To request a vendor application form or seek additional information, please contact Bev Bigler, Vendor Coordinator, 541.898.2320 or blbig@eoni.com.

Come join in the fun and plan to stay a few days to explore all northeast Oregon has to share. www.visiteasternoregon.com

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Below is a list contacts for the festival activities:

Subway Duathlon Bike/Run and 5K, 10K & Mile Run/Walk; Erin, 541.910.0008 or ethompson_02@hotmail.com
Huckleberry Hillbilly Festival Parade; Suzie, 541.898.3000 or dehaas.suzie@gmail.com
Huckleberry Dessert Contest & Auction; Janet, 541.898.2620 or janetd@eoni.com
Mud Volleyball Tournament; Jeff, 541.786.1806 or jgrendeheatingandair@yahoo.com
Huckleberry Hot-Rod Show-n-Shine; Dawn, 541.786.2086 or huckleberrynpo@gmail.com
General event information; Danyell, 541.519.2462 or danyellw02@gmail.com

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Huckleberries in North Idaho

Posted February 5, 2015 By sandy

Looking for huckleberries in north Idaho?

Coeur d Alene is a famous resort town, known for its fine dining, beautiful lake Coeur d Alene and it’s beaches, and HUCKLEBERRIES!

 

But, of course, you won’t find any huckleberries to pick this time of the year!  But, the Guide to North Idaho has a listing of wonderful places to experience huckleberries!

 

If you’re not inclined to compete with the bears and birds for Idaho’s official state fruit, there are multiple other ways to enjoy huckleberries:

  • Baskin Robbins in Coeur d’Alene features dozens of toppings including fresh huckleberries.
  • Paul Bunyon Burgers has been a local favorite since 1952. What do the locals love about Paul Bunyon in the summertime? Huckleberry milkshakes!
  • Sargent’s on Government Way in Hayden not only serves up the best steaks in town, but also the best huckleberry pie!
  • Huckleberry topped salads and cheesecake are a must try at 315 Martinis, Tapas and Dinner at the Greenbriar Inn.

Huckleberries are the star each August when the Huckleberry / Heritage Festival takes place in Wallace the 3rd weekend. Besides a bake-off and Huckleberry pancake breakfast, vendors have huckleberry goods along with other arts and crafts. There’s also live music, a fun run, downtown bicycle race and a bicycle hillclimb to the top of Dobson Pass.

If you are inclined to visit Coeur d Alene to pick huckleberries …

By mid-June, berries on south facing lower slopes are ripe. Good picking is as late as October on north slopes. Abundant huckleberry picking spots are available throughout North Idaho. Best picking is between late July and early August. Visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov or contact the Priest Lake Ranger District, (208)443-2512  www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/priestlake

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Huckleberry Picking in Canada and California

Posted August 28, 2014 By sandy

The Castle Mountain Resort Huckleberry Festival on Gravenstafel Mountain (Alberta, Canada) was held last weekend.  Reports of an abundant huckleberry crop was apparent, according to the video below.

 

According to the Global News website:

Huckleberries ripe for the picking at annual festival

On Saturday, many braved the Gravenstafel Mountain above Castle Mountain Resort to pick bushel after bushel of sweet, blue huckleberries. The Huckleberry Festival has been a tradition at the resort for decades now, and it provides a rare opportunity for outdoors lovers to enjoy the mountains in the summer.

As for the fruits themselves, huckleberries are in the blueberry family, and grow best at higher altitudes. “They’re quite sweet and they don’t have a pit so you don’t have to worry about spitting them out or cleaning them for a pie or a cheesecake and they freeze very well,” says Stewart. “There are actually four types of huckleberries on our mountain from various sizes to various colours. And they grow about five hundred miles on either side of the Canadian border at this elevation.”

Elsewhere, in northern California, Karen Pavone, talks about her huckleberry picking adventure with her accomplished forager friend, Elizabeth:

Huckleberry Heaven

A fruitful forage depends on good timing. Start your quest too early in the season and the object of your desire may not be ripe (or even visible in the case of those elusive winter mushrooms). Wait too long and you’ll likely find vines and branches stripped clean by birds and other critters who beat you to the harvest. In Northern California, August is the perfect month to forage for the seasonal wild blackberries and huckleberries that grow like weeds in our coastal hills.

Karen’s article is an easy read with lots of wonderful pictures.  She also includes Elizabeth’s grandmother’s tart recipe:

HB tart

 Check out the original article for her Huckleberry Tart Recipe!

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Huckleberry Festival in Mount Hood, Oregon

Posted August 11, 2014 By sandy

Announcing the Huckleberry Festival in Mount Hood, Oregon.

According to Janet Eastman, writer for the Oregonian ….

Huckleberry Festival

Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days has live music, storytellers, historical tours, a watermelon launch and other activities, exhibits, food and retail vendors, fresh wild huckleberries and huckleberry-filled treats. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun, Aug. 22-24. Mt. Hood Village Resort, 65000 E. Highway 26, Welches.

The family-oriented event will have live music, Native American storytelling, arts and crafts, and historical tours of Mount Hood’s Oregon Trail. Catapults and other uniquely designed contraptions will launch watermelons and other produce into the air.

Admission and parking are free.

You can also buy huckleberry goodies like jams, syrups, candies, teas, milkshakes, coffee and vinaigrettes as well as Indian frybread and tacos. There will be a Native American salmon bake and a huckleberry pancake breakfasts.

For more information about the Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival, visit the Cascade Geographic Society.

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The article also talks about growing and raising huckleberries. Here are some points of interest from the Northwest Berry and Grape Information Network

  • Huckleberries grow slowly, taking up to 15 years to reach full maturity from seed or cuttings, and prefer high elevations.
  • Black huckleberry colors range from black to purple to bluish tinge to red. You can even find white berries.
  • Cascade and black huckleberries are naturally adapted to short-season areas and depend on an insulating cover of snow for survival during winter’s sub-zero temperatures.
  • For small plantings on sites with poor air and water drainage, consider growing huckleberries in raised beds.

Some of the nurseries sited in the article that sell huckleberry plants:

  1. Bosky Dell Natives in West Linn
  2. Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery in Gig Harbor, Wash

For more information on growing huckleberries, check out our resource section for a copy of Dr. Barney’s book on Growing Western Huckleberries (available in PDF download as well).

Make sure to check out this informative article for more information on growing huckleberries.

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