Last Saturday, I was a judge at the Lemonade Day Recipe Contest at the Children's Museum and Theater of Maine. I was entertained by nonchalantly answering, 'Oh, judging a little kids' lemonade contest,' when asked what my plans were for the first nice Saturday in a while.
The contest was a kick-off for National Lemonade Day, June 5th, where kids across the country are going to set up their carefully planned lemonade stands. They've been testing recipes, creating business plans, marketing schemes, and budgets.
The grand prize winner of the recipe contest (selected from 5 finalists out of 16 submissions) received a serving pitcher for their lemonade stand.
The judges ranged from a teacher, a Parks & Recreations Department supervisor, to a chef, and me, a food blogger. Lemon Head there, in the background, was the (slightly creepy?) mascot for the day.
After all the sips had been slurped, and all the contestants quizzed about their business acumen, the judges retired to the judging room (aka the children's play kitchen outside the theater).
And in the end, we were all won over by Haley and Emma's "Lemon Love" pink lemonade. These cute sophomores from Bowdoin and Topsham created the best tasting recipe, with fresh raspberries and slices of lemon. Absolutely delicious, and perfect for the almost hot day we had last Saturday.
Congratulations to Emma and Haley, and good luck with your lemonade stand!