Foodies take note: Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO) 2012 Exciting Festivals


It’s really what’s not to like about Silver Dollar City attractions in Branson, Missouri.  The moment you get past the gates to this (more than 100 acres) theme park, you’d be greeted with nicest smiles (everybody’s on an absolutely fun mode), aromas of freshly-baked breads and pastries and “just as you’d expect” coolest atmosphere (it’s go slow or go fast, it’s happy days are here again!).  It’s my second trip to this “wonderland” and the attractions, shops and activities are ever-changing, I really enjoy (I’m absolutely going back for more) a full day at Silver Dollar City, it’s just a fun place to enjoy unbelievable treats (candy store, apple dumplings, mountain size cookies, pork rinds, hot chocolate, specialty breads, skillet cookery, tater twist, and lots more), to learn from and chat with demonstrating craftsmen like Culinary expert Debbie Dance Uhrig, and to enjoy the thrill rides (let me clarify this, haha, I only said, enjoy hearing/watching kids and families screams on water raft rides and roller coasters).  It’s good old-fashioned family fun, day or night, it’s just magical!

SDC’s Managers (including Lisa Rau and Martha Hoy Bohner) welcomed the media to Silver Dollar City and while we enjoyed a fabulous meal offerings of chicken with apple butter, prime rib and ham, pumpkin/pecan pie and chocolate layer cake, the 2012 exciting events in Silver Dollar City were announced (what’s new for 2012).

SPRING

*World-fest (April 12 – May 6) – features top entertainment from around the world —

AARON CARUSO – Operatic tenor, trained by Rome’s Maestro Viccio and recently had a sold out show at Carnegie Hall

PIAZZA de FIESTA – “Little Italy” plaza comes alive with flag throwers, living statues, stilt walkers and colorful costime parade

MARIACHI DIVAS – Grammy Award-winning all-female music Ensemble

HAWAIIAN COUNTRY MUSIC – Stars four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoku

PERU’S YAWAR CHICCHI – folk music and dance troupe

KENYAN SARAKASI ACROBATS – world renowned acrobats from Nairobi, Kenya

RUSSIAN ACADEMIC BAND

HEARBHAIL FINNEGAN – Ireland’s premier harpist

ECUADOR MANTA

SLOVENIAN POLKA PARTY

*Bluegrass and BBQ Festival (May 10 – June 3, 2012) – see electrifying performances by some of the top names in Bluegrass music, from award-winning favorites to red-hot rising stars and enjoy a barbecue feast

RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE, THE GRASCALS, DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER, KRUGER BROTHERS, GIBSON BROTHERS, BALSAM RANGE, LITTLE ROY & LIZZY

BLUEGRASS COMPETITIONS – The National Single Mic Championship (May 19 & 20) and the Youth In Bluegrass Band Contest (May 26 & 27)

BARBECUE FEAST – BBQ grills filled with over 40,000 pound of barbecue (Memphis dry rubs, Carolina vinegars, smoky Texas eats and sweet KC-style)

SUMMER

*National KidsFest (June 9 – July 22, 2012) -it’s the Ultimate Summer Vacation for families

THE FABULOUS WALLENDAS – famous family circus topbilled by Guinness World Record High Wire-Walker and Discovery Channel star Nik Wallenda

LUMA – high-tech illumination techniques for a three-dimensional show of light, color and motion

GAZILLION BUBBLES – an interactive show with lasers, lighting effects and sheer bubble mastery

CARTOON CHARACTER MEET AND GREETS

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION (July 4) – a salute to veterans complete with fireworks

FALL

*Southern Gospel Picnic (August 24 – September 3, 2012) – features Dove Award winners and top gospel acts

BOOTH BROTHERS, TRIUMPHANT QUARTET, JEFF & SHERI EASTER, ISAACS, COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY

PICNIC-STYLE FOODS – all mouthwatering including the Silver Dollar City’s famous fried chicken (Had them on my first trip to SDC, and yes, to die for, the best)

*National Harvest Festival  (September 13 – October 27, 2012) – top-rated craft festival

WESTERN STUNT SHOW by professional stunt men and women

DEMONSTRATING CRAFTSMEN from around the country

BEST OF MISSOURI HANDS JURIED ARTISTS

BUCK TAYLOR – legendary Western star and water color artist

COWBOY POETS, WILD MUSTANGS, TRICK HORSE STUNTS, TRICK ROPING AND BULL WHIP

CHRISTMAS

*An Old Time Christmas (November 3 – December 30, 2012) – heralded “the Most Illuminated Park on Earth” by the Travel Channel

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – all new musical production adapted from the Frank Capra classic

CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET – light & sound show featuring the 5-story Special Effects Christmas Tree

A DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL – this is really worth watching (see my slideshow below)

HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE, MUSICAL LIVING NATIVITY

How do you start your day at Silver Dollar City?  I recommend you go right ahead to Silver Dollar City’s first restaurant, Molly’s Mill Restaurant where a hearty Ozark breakfast/brunch buffet is served  (it’s air conditioned and dig in to Miss Molly’s famous Southern-style Fried chicken).    Then before leisurely walking around, check the schedule of classes at the Culinary & Craft School (Master Craftsman Debbie Dance Uhrig always has exciting recipes to share to you in a state-of-the art Kitchen Showroom, complete with Viking appliances, flat screen TV for over head views and tiered seating for close-up viewing).  Now you’re on your own, wander around and don’t forget the candy factory (sugar confections of all sizes and shapes and flavors, yum!).

Remember:  In Silver Dollar City, it’s your show…come hungry, come as you please and stay as long as you like, until park closes at 9:30 pm!

For more info, please visit website:  http://www.silverdollarcity.com

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Again, to CVB Lynn Berry and the entire Branson and SDC team:  congrats and job well done!

Silver Dollar Mill 1804 Corn Bread Recipe

Included in our media kit (courtesy of Silver Dollar City, MO) was a 2 lb bag of Sullivan’sMill’s yellow corn meal.   2 corn meal recipes were printed at the back of the bag, as follows:

SILVER DOLLAR MILL 1804 RECIPE FOR REAL OLD-FASHIONED CORN BREAD

1 cup of corn meal

1 cup of buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

3 tablespoons melted shortening or BACON DRIPPINGS

Do not sift meal, mix all ingredients together and bake in greased pan or skillet at 400 F for 35 to 40 minutes.  Serves 4.

CRUSTY (SOFT CENTER) SPOON BREAD

Combine ingredients below, then sift:

1/2 cup corn meal

1/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

Add:

1 beaten egg

1 cup milk (blend batter well)

Melt 2 heaping tablespoons butter in baking dish, pour in batter.  Pour generous 1/2 cup milk over top.

Bake in 375 degree oven about 45 minutes.

There she is….the Queen

Since 1978 when she first appeared in Southern Living magazine courtesy of Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of North Carolina, HUMMINGBIRD CAKE has enjoyed her title of HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN OF SOUTHERN CAKES.

I ain’t from the South, nor have the Southern twang n lingo. But I finally get a taste of the Queen when she was the featured dessert offering at the Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri) media brunch party. From just one bite, I instantly loved her. She was oh-so-moist, full of chopped pecans, crushed pineapple, and mashed bananas, and then filled and frosted with a delicious cream cheese icing. So everyone was very pleased and really wanted to get to know her more.

The Silver Dollar City staff included a recipe of the Hummingbird Cake in the press packet. A quick look at the recipe revealed that the oil rather than the usual butter in the recipe makes the cake moist and tender and mixing could even be done by hand. And why is it called Hummingbird Cake? Many versions were published but because hummingbirds (really cute birds I have to say) love to feed on the flower nectars, the cake is really made to be that sugary rich…really rich…as in not-weight-watcher-friendly rich.I love this cake, it is easy and really yummmy, and is always the perfect ending to our Thanksgiving dinner. When I make this cake again next month, I’ll make sure I have my cam ready to capture her overall beauty and “regal poise”. Just a reminder, please please don’t ask me for the calories, I’ll put you on “ignore” (LOL).

 

HUMMINGBIRD CAKE (My Version)
You may bake in 2 (9-inch) or 3 (8-inch) round pans.
Cake:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup applesauce

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup mashed fully-ripe bananas

1 cup canned crushed pineapple, undrained

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Cream cheese frosting:

1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

about 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon banana flavoring (optional)

Garnish with 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Pan preparation: Grease, line (with wax/parchment paper) and flour cake pans

Ovening: Preheat oven to 350 F

Mix all cake ingredients using electric mixer or spoon until just moistened and combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans and let cool completely on wire racks.

Prepare cream cheese frosting. Cream butter and cream cheese. Gradually add powdered sugar, beat until frosting is smooth, light and fluffy. Stir in flavorings. Frost cake with icing and sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped walnuts on top and sides of cake after frosting.

Got no applesauce? just substitute with equal amount of oil…moist…yummm….will you make this for your thanksgiving centerpiece? (P.S. One mom call this birdseed cake, just so you know. Even cakes have nicknames or aliases, mmm.)

(And go ahead, and drizzle strawberry or caramel-flavored ice cream topping.) 

 

Isn’t she lovely!

Silver Dollar City hosts Martha Hoy Bohner, Lisa Rau, and Crystal Hedrick…wowed us with a truly splendid Silver Dollar City comfort food sampler, including golden fried chicken (I love K fried chicken, but this one is just 10 x better and crispier)…  

unforgettable harvest skillet and succotash (there was my favorite Okra in it, so OMG!)…,

 

to die for ribs, omg…..

 

all these and more…at the SILVER DOLLAR CITY, BRANSON, MISSOURI…see you there soon, ’cause I’m coming back for more!