At one of the entrances to the event, pedestrians walk past boxes and bags bearing the trademark of the festival's star attraction. The festival will continue through today.
WALLA WALLA — The annual Sweet Onion Festival this weekend will offer layers of fun for the senses, from things to taste to things to watch to things to hear on Main Street between Second and Fourth avenues.
There will be old favorites like the onion eating contest, cooking demonstrations and contests, live music, dancing, arts and crafts — and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Onion-head decorating.
If you go
9 a.m. — Festival opens in downtown Walla Walla
10:30-3 p.m. — Kids Zone at Third Avenue and Main Street
11 a.m. — Steppin’ Country dance team
11:30 a.m. — Onion Salad Food Competition
1 p.m. — Onion Eating Contests
1:30-3:30 p.m. Gary Winston & Erica
2 p.m. Food demonstration with The Marc chefs Juan Faba and Laura Eng
4 p.m. Alyssa & Hannah
7:30 — 11:30 p.m. — “Saturday Night Street Dance” at Third Avenue and Main Street
7:30 — Coyote Kings
9: 30 — Jimmy Lloyd Rea & the Switchmasters
9 a.m. — Farmer’s Market and Onion Festival Open
10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. — Kids Zone at Third Avenue and Main Street
11 a.m. — Estrellas de Mexico dance team
1:15 p.m. — Glory Road gospel quartet
2:30 p.m. — Brady Goss
4 p.m. — Festival ends
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An addition to the Saturday and Sunday festival this year is the digital cookbook in development that will hold winning recipes from festival food contests, giving home chefs creative ways to use Walla Walla Sweet Onions all season long.
The food contests this year are for salads, French onion soup and salsas featuring the renown local onion.
The salad competition takes place in tents on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in front of spectators and guest judges.
French onion soup chefs from the Walla Walla Valley will arrive at the tents at 12:30 a.m. with their competition entrys and copies of their recipes. Soup made by students at Walla Walla Community College’s Wine Country Culinary Institute also will be available for spectators.
On Sunday at 1 p.m. the last food competition will occur. Cooks are invited to bring three samples of their best salsa and the recipe
In addition to the spot in the festival cookbook, contest winners will also go home with Walla Walla Sweet Onions.
Live music on both days of the festival is abundant and diverse. On stage Saturday at 1:30-3:30 p.m. will be the blues stylings of Gary Winston & Erica.
Later, at the “Saturday Night Street Dance,” the Coyote Kings with Mush will fire up their rockin’ blues at 7:30 p.m., followed by Jimmy Lloyd Rea & The Switchmasters at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday’s live music includes Glory Road, an all-male gospel quartet from Council Bluffs, Iowa, who take the stage at 1:15 p.m.
Then, at 2:30 p.m., singer/pianist Brady Goss performs a mix of rock, blues and country.
Throughout the festival there will also be activities for children and families, such as onion sack races, onion bowling, onion eating contests, face painting and a “Bald as an Onion” competition.