Mr. Pickle is Real: Pickle Up Like Winchester, New Hampshire
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As I was scrolling through social media, I landed on a photo so delectable, I had to stop and look.
What was this delicious picture? It was foreign to me, but just know I love pickles. Yes, dill, sweet, bread & butter, gherkins, Kosher- I love them all.
It's not just me, either. Pickle Flights and Pickle Buffets are the latest hot trend in restaurants and for catered events. I thought the hottest wedding trend was a fancy "Donut Bar" instead of a wedding cake, but even newer and hotter is the "Pickle Bar" at weddings. It's an unexpected surprise and delight. Who knew?
My concern is broader than a wedding. Since seeing pickle flights on Facebook and TikTok posts, I've been trying to find a restaurant that offers pickle flights in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.
When I google "pickle flights", I get information about actual air flights or pickleball locations. Really?
How far outside of New England do I have to go for a pickle flight? There's a restaurant in Waltham, MA, called In A Pickle, but guess what? No pickles anywhere on the menu. There's also The Flight Center in Manchester and Nashua, NH.
You'd think a restaurant named The Flight Center would have flights of any and everything. Nope. Just flights of beer. So, I am begging the owner to include pickle flights. They'll own the market on pickles in New England.
The closest establishment is Jacob Pickles in New York City. They also have a southern food menu and a whiskey menu. How does a Jacob's Pickle Biscuit Beer sound? Now we're talking.
If you're planning a trip to Nashville, check out NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon. They not only have a pickle flight, but also fried pickles, which is a whole other topic.
The closest pickle event I could find in New Hampshire is the Winchester Pickle Festival in September. This free event includes a Pickle Parade and live music, plus a pickle gift shop. Use your imagination here. I can only imagine the t-shirts. The Pickle Festival is scheduled for September 24 this year. Yes, Mr. Pickle will be taking photos in the gazebo, as always.
Let me know what you think about a campaign for pickle flights in NH. I think it's time to bring them to the Granite State. Do you?