Local asparagus celebrated at festival

Judges Raymond Castro-Escobar, Mayor Jim Restucci and Tom Dolan sit with asparagus dishes. Sunnyside Princesses Jaquelinne Herrera-Bravo, Lucero Mejia and Alyssa Ceja stand in the back with Chef Roger Hazzard.

Teri Alvarez-Ziegler/special to the Daily Sun News
Judges Raymond Castro-Escobar, Mayor Jim Restucci and Tom Dolan sit with asparagus dishes. Sunnyside Princesses Jaquelinne Herrera-Bravo, Lucero Mejia and Alyssa Ceja stand in the back with Chef Roger Hazzard.



— The second Asparagus Festival went without a hitch Saturday.

In addition to sunny weather, good music and a newly remodeled museum, there was a cooking contest for best asparagus-themed dishes.

Chef Roger Hazzard was the winner of the main dish category. The silver medal was awarded to Teri Alvarez-Ziegler for asparagus tamales.

Gordon Ziegler took the top prize for his pickled asparagus in the appetizer category, and Mary Beth Kirk earned second-place with her own take on the dish.

Contest judges were Raymond Castro-Escobar of Sunnyside Community Hospital, Tom Dolan or YV-Tech and Mayor Jim Restucci.

Attendees at the event also enjoyed ice cream from Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassadors.

They were entertained by the Flat Possum Pickers, a local musical group.

Tours of the museum were also provided.



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