The Heritage Herb Garden at the Ozark Folk Center graces the park with visual colors and textures, sweet and pungent aromas, and helps us to interpret the history of the human use of plants. 

This column is written to give readers of Yarb Tales the first opportunity to register for the Lavish Herbal Feast, October 1, 2015, featuring dishes from Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Susan Belsinger and the Skillet Restaurant staff have collaborated to create an authentic menu to compliment the theme of the 26th annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival. The South Central District of the Herb Society of America will be holding their Annual District Meeting in conjunction with the festival. We will be hosting HSA members from all over the region, including Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas and look forward to seeing our loyal friends from all over the country who attend every year.

The feasting will begin with a garden reception at 6 p.m., hosted and sponsored by the Herb Society of America-Ozark Unit. The appetizers, libations and entertainment will transport revelers to the Baltic Region of Europe.

The Skillet Restaurant will serve an inspired menu featuring a Trio of Composed Salads to include Cucumbers with Sour Cream and Dill, Pickled Beets with Caraway and Green Beans with Savory Vinaigrette followed by Vegetable Barley Soup with Mushrooms served with Rieska (Finnish Flat Bread) with Shallot and Dill Butter with Lemon Zest. The entrée choices are Pork Chops Hunters-Style with Mushrooms and Thyme, Oven-baked Fish with Dill Cream Sauce and for vegetarians, Domestic and Wild Mushroom, Vegetable and Onion Ragout. These will be served with Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes and Rotkohl (Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage). The dessert (wait for it) is… Bavarian Black Forest Torte served with Fresh Whipped Cream!

Tickets are only $30, tax and tip included. Print and mail in the registration (click here for registration) or call (870) 269-3851 with credit card. Now, there is your heads up--this event is sure to be a sellout—so sign up well in advance. If I don’t see you in the future—don’t say I didn’t tell you about it!