Rolls on the River 2022

By Candace Nelson - 9:07 PM

Rolls on the River 2022

Rolls on the River is one of my favorite FestivALL events. 

Rolls on the River 2022

One: It is a pepperoni roll festival. But two: I was here when it first got started.

Rolls on the River 2022

Big Brothers Big Sisters started the festival years ago and got me involved because of my book. I then became involved with the board and was there when we passed off the festival to the Montessori School.

Rolls on the River 2022

And now I've made my return as a judge, along with Steven Keith, Jeff Shirley and Don Wilson, and I had such a great time. 

Rolls on the River 2022

There were 9 rolls:

Rolls on the River 2022

  • Mea Cuppa had a round, fluffy roll full of pepperoni.
  • Sweet Mamas had a large roll that pepperoni on the top - a bit greasy - but ultimately took home the judge's choice.
  • Mardi Gras had a half roll that had some herbs but the cheese consistency was a bit off. 
  • Legacy Foods took home people's choice with their very traditional large roll with sliced pepperoni.
  • Gritt's Farm had one of my favorites - it was cut in half with plenty of pepperoni and cheese and a crisper crust.
  • The Governor's Mansion was my personal favorite with a small, sweet dough, a nice hunk of mozzarella and ample sliced pepperoni.
  • DP Dough had mini pepperoni buns that were just on the dry side, but I like the construction
  • Mountain Juice had a good rendition of a vegan roll that had a few differences in texture and consistency. They did have a dipping sauce, though, which I always enjoy.
  • Finally, another favorite was the Pitch - a giant deep-fried ball with plenty of cheese and pepperoni. This was also a people's favorite runner up. 
Have you been? Which pepperoni roll was your favorite?

Rolls on the River 2022

Rolls on the River 2022

Rolls on the River 2022

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