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Sweet Corn Festival

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nothing says summer like fresh-picked sweet corn! Lauritzen Gardens celebrates this backyard favorite and Nebraska’s agricultural jewel during the all-new Sweet Corn Festival. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, entertainment and plenty of delicious, locally grown sweet corn. They can hop on the hayrack ride, cool off with free samples of “Nebraska Sweet Corn” ice cream from Ted & Wally’s Premium Homemade Ice Cream, purchase freshly popped kettle corn and learn about corn (and other New World foods) through fun, educational activities.

Guests can also explore new ways to incorporate sweet corn during special cooking demonstrations. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the weekend and Hap Abraham Catering will offer fresh hot buttered corn, a variety of sweet corn items and other fresh fare from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sweet Corn Festival is included with regular garden admission of $10/adults, $5/children ages 6-12. The event is free for garden members and children under six.

Check back for details on the 2015 festival. Here's what happened in 2014:  

  • Sample multiple varieties of Nebraska sweet corn
  • Take a fun, festive hayrack ride (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Enjoy live music by Chris Sayre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
  • See live demonstrations of old-fashioned broom making by Jeanne's Brooms & Baskets. Brooms and hand-woven baskets offered for sale.
  • Meet the staff of the Nebraska Corn Board. Learn some "corny facts" while playing a fun, interactive game of life-sized corn bingo!
  • Watch antique farm implements shell corn the old fashioned way
  • Make your own cornhusk doll and learn about the origin of these toys
  • Try your own science project and learn how to make "oobleck," a non-Newtonian fluid make from corn starch. Take the Oobleck Challenge and attempt to run on top of this liquid!
  • Participate in corny crafts for children
  • Learn the real definition of "Cornhusker"
  • Enjoy sweet corn ice cream samples from Ted & Wally's Premium Homemade Ice Cream

  • Watch cooking demonstrations featuring sweet corn and other New World Foods
    • "How to Make Homemade Sriracha" - by Chad Lebo- cook and owner of Cure Cooking, LLC and founder of the Omaha Bacon Club (Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.)  Thanks to Columbus’ doctor and then globe-trekking Portuguese and Spanish traders, all the world knows and loves hot peppers, but they are as North American as corn, potatoes and tomatoes. Learn how to turn this summer’s fresh peppers into beautiful natural hot sauces using traditional natural fermentation. Then the next sriracha or Tabasco sauce you enjoy will be yours (yes, they are both fermented). And pick up the basics of lacto-fermentation while you’re at it.
    • "The Art of Making Handmade Corn Tortillas" - Maria Bonita Mexican Cuisine
    • "How to Work with Chocolate" - Mary Richling, owner of Hollywood Candy (Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Learn the tricks to working with melted chocolate from candy expert, Mary Richling
    • "How to Make Popular Corn Recipes at Home" - Lauritzen Gardens Staff/Volunteers
    • Canning Demonstration- Nancy Urbanec, Associate Extension Assistant; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Douglas/Sarpy County Extension (Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
      Pack a peck of perfect pickles into a jar! From the classic to the unusual, you'll learn the facts and science behind preserving produce in tangy, salty brine. This demonstration class will provide the foundation and motivation to put up your produce using current, research-based techniques. Come and learn ways to preserve excess garden veggies, as well as, enjoy some delicious pickled products. 

  • Purchase freshly popped kettle corn, or a variety of food from the cafe.
  • Learn how to make herb butters to top your favorite corn
  • See the "Food from the Americas" exhibit, featuring foods that originated in the Western Hemisphere
  • Test your throwing arm at a game of corn hole!
  • PLUS, other "corny" activities for all ages!

Nebraska Herpetological Society- The Nebraska Herpetological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, the encouragement of responsible captive propagation, and the promotion of public education and understanding of reptiles and amphibians. They will be at the Sweet Corn Festival both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. with specimens of corn snakes on display.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board

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