Taste of Makins

Debra Williams and Bob Schwalb serve up baked goods at the 2018 Mountain Makins Festival.

This October cooks all over the Lakeway Area will be busy making their best homemade baked goods, all destined to be sold in the Country Store at Rose Center’s 44th Annual Mountain Makins Festival, Oct. 26 and 27.

There will, of course, be pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cakes, and probably pumpkin cookies, and other treats with fall flavors like pecans and cranberries. People who have come in years past know to get there early if they hope to take home one of Anne Ross’s Derby Pies, or Sami Barile’s Coca-Cola Cakes, or a batch of Tish Jones’ cheese wafers. Mary Moffatt’s homemade dog treats sold out last year.

Visitors can also stop by the Country Store for coffee, cider or hot chocolate to take the chill off. The always popular Soupbeans ‘n’ Cornbread and other lunch items will be served throughout the weekend. There will be mini pies just like Doc Doka used to make: pecan, chess, and chocolate. Kate Stewart will be going to pick up the pecans from her family’s pecan farm in south Georgia.

Members of nearly 20clubs and organizations, as well as individuals, contribute to the assortment of baked goods. Donating items for the Country Store supports Rose Center, as all proceeds benefit its arts programming. Community groups, clubs and individuals are encouraged to contribute their favorite homemade items. Baked goods may be dropped off at Rose Center Friday, Oct. 27 between 10 a,m, and 5 p.m.

The big tent with brightly colored tablecloths can be found on the Jackson Street side of Rose Center during the festival. A “café,” set up with tables and chairs, will be available so visitors can sit down to enjoy their breakfast, lunch, or a snack while they listen to the live music. Before leaving, they can pick up a cake or pie to enjoy at home.

The Country Store committee, chaired by Kate Stewart and Don Sheneman, is hard at work preparing for the event. “We always appreciate the generosity of the wonderful cooks in our community,” commented veteran Country Store volunteer Bill Hale.

This year’s festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rose Center is the Lakeway area’s cultural arts center, providing free art and history exhibits, a sales gallery for local artists, concerts, classes, and educational programs. More information about the Mountain Makins Festival is available at rosecenter.org.