Despite the numerous folding chairs located near the food vendors, at a festival it’s inevitable to want to eat while walking, or shopping, or dancing, or pushing a baby stroller. Juggling a plate and fork and drink can get messy, especially when much of it is fried; hence, the popularity of food on a stick.
A wide variety of such foods are at the American Folk Festival this year.
Festival-goers could start early with Tim Horton’s donut holes speared on a wooden stick. The doughy delicacy may also be the only vegetarian kabob.
The speared meats at this year’s festival include lamb, smoked salmon, chicken and hot dogs.
“Good as usual,” said Ray McPherson , 56, of Garland, as he took a bite of smoked salmon from Mainely Smoked Salmon Company of Perry, Maine. “I eat this every year. It’s the only reason I came. Now I can go home. It’s all about the salmon.”
In line for Siri Grill’s famous grilled chicken on a stick, Doug McGuire of Linneus said, “I’ve had a lot of different things [at the festival], but I had this last year, and it’s just different – a little different spice. And I like the way they cook it. I don’t know, it’s just good.”
And the beauty of it: food on a stick only takes one hand to eat. Just make sure to grab a napkin because it will be remarkable if that hand remains clean.
A list of some “stick foods” at the 2011 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront:
1. Lamb and vegetable kabob from The Noon Family Sheep Farm Lamb Barbecue: the cabob is a combination of grilled lamb and green peppers, onion, apple, summer squash and zucchini from their farm in Springfield, Maine.
2. Lamb sausage kabob from The Noon Family Sheep Farm Lamb Barbecue.
3. Smoked salmon from Mainely Smoked Salmon Company of Perry, Maine: mouthwatering blocks of salmon with the option of regular or cooked in Cajun spices.
4. Chicken satay from Vickey’s Thai Food.
5. Grilled chicken from Siri Grill of Manassas, Va.
6. Corndogs from Smithfield C.C. Spiral Potatoes of Smithfield, R.I.
7. Chicken tikka from Taste of India of Bangor, Maine: chicken breast meat marinated in yogurt and spices such as coriander, cumin and turmeric, grilled to a golden brown and served over basmati rice.
8. Tim Horton’s tidbits on a stick: difference flavors of “tidbits,” better known as donut holes, speared on a stick.