Pickle doughnuts may be the festival’s newest craze

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A pickle doughnut?

The delectable treat undoubtedly exists, according to an email Julie Beck received from a person in Kentucky who had sampled the unusual delicacy at a festival.

The writer didn’t describe the doughnut in full detail.

“Lynn (Sullivan) and I have never had a pickle doughnut and they even put a picture out there,” said Beck, co-chairperson of the N.C. Pickle Festival. “Long story short, Lynn and I decided we had to have a pickle doughnut.”

Beck has enlisted local baker Melanie Daniels, who own’s Mickey’s Pastry in Goldsboro, to create the pickle doughnut.

“She’s very intrigued by this, so she is going to experiment,” Beck said.

According to bakemag.com, a Missouri-based company created a yeast doughnut that is stuffed with pickle cheesecake filling, dipped in vanilla icing, sprinkled with dried dill and topped with pickle juice cubes. Ironically, the company didn’t list the number of calories, but a day of walking the streets of Mount Olive may be needed to burn it off.

Preparations are underway for the 34th installment of the award-winning festival, which is scheduled for April 24-25. Organizers expect a record crowd for the event, which was rated a Top 20 festival by Southeast Tourism for the third year in a row. Inquiries about the festival have rolled in from Kentucky, Wisconsin, Arkansas and points in between.

The family-friendly festival earned four North Carolina Awards for Excellence – best merchandise (Pickletown Lager), sponsorship packet, print media (Mount Olive Tribune Pickle Guide) and the Pickle Festival Brochure in 2019.

Beck said the festival is nominated for seven awards by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. Those award winners will be announced Feb. 23-26 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

“We’re on a roll this year and we’re pretty excited, but this is all based upon last year’s festival,” said Beck, who added Our State Magazine is a new festival sponsor.

“This is our year. We’re going to get our name out there more than ever, I think. We anticipate a record crowd, a more diverse crowd. That’s unbelievable.”

The committee is in the process of making changes for the festival.

The University of Mount Olive is playing host to the season-ending Conference Carolinas Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships the same weekend, which has caused concern about parking and shuttle service.

Beck said that the Denning family has graciously agreed to open their parking lot to festival-goers. The shuttle will begin there, stop at Pope Wellness Center and Ray McDonald Track on the UMO campus and then head downtown.

“We’ll see how that works out,” Beck said. “There’s a lot already confirmed and in the works, but we’ve got a lot that still needs to get done. We know for sure these things are happening.”

And more is yet to come – including pickle peanuts.

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