Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Baking Challenge sponsors DC State Fair
The DC State Fair. Yep, you read that right. DC may not be a state, but it has a state fair. The nation’s capital has had a reputation for being a transitory city due to its designation of being the place where the nation’s leaders make their residence for as long as they’re voted in to represent. But there are people who call Washington, DC “home.” And there’s a healthy number of those people if you just ask. They say home is where the hearth is, and for me, that means baking.
Today, more newcomers are starting to call DC “home.” More than likely if you were born in the United States, you are born in a state where there’s a state or county fair. The cool thing about building community around food, is that there’s always room at the table for everyone. That’s why I decided to get involved with the DC State Fair and to bring in the Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Baking Challenge as a sponsor.
I’m working the Pie Contest at the DC State Fair Saturday, September 28 at the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill. Some of my friends from the Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Baking Challenge will be joining for the judging and prize circle: Marsha Weiner (FoodMuseMedia), Rebecca Layton Gunter (operation: eatery), King Arthur Flour (prize sponsor), and our 2013 pie challenge winner Annalee Ash who’ll present the ribbons.
Friends from the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital will be joining us at the judges table including executive director Diane Ingraham, events and programming coordinator James Sims and board member Bonny Wolf, food writer and NPR correspondent.
The DC State Fair has been going on for 3 years; 2 years at the Barracks Row Fall Festival. As DC grows into its “food city” identity, let’s hope newcomers and generational residents will all find a time and place to gather at the welcome table.