Summer and sandwiches in Sandwich Massachusetts and I am in heaven. Bragging rights were up for grabs at the annual Sandwichfest today and with twelve contestants the competition was good and the sandwiches were awesome. It all took place today near the Hoxie House from 11am to 1pm and there were numerous activities that included: A Beer and Wine Garden serving Cape Cod Beer and choice of red and white wine, Sandwich Arts Alliance, children’s activities, plus Dog Costume Competition and Parade. The awards were the People choice which were a result of people purchasing a ticket for twenty dollars that allowed them the chance to try 6 of the 12 sandwiches in the competition and vote for the best. My only regret is that I wasn't able to try them all and give my best vote. The six sandwiches that I did try were all good but my favorite was the Sandwich Taverna entry which was a Gyro with marinated shredded pork with shredded lettuce, red onion, feta, cucumber, greek spread and spices. It was easy to eat because of the shredded pork and lettuce and the flavor blends were delicious. My other favorite was from Beth Bakery and Cafe and that was "The Puritan" which was carved turkey with cranberry chutney, sage mayo, lettuce on a Cranberry Pain De Mie (butter- and milk-rich loaf baked bread). I love sage and all of its health benifits and to taste its richness in the sandwich made it outstanding and it was enhanced by cranberry chutney and Cranberry Pain De Mie. The winner of the People's choice went to the Tomatoes Italian Grille & Bar for its "Hercules" sandwich which was assorted Italian meats and cheeses on a fresh Italian bread with roasted red peppers a "secret dressing" which was creamy and seasoned. Then a panel of five judges including Cape Cod Times Food Editor Gwen Friss, State Rep. Randy Hunt, and Sandwich Police Chief Peter Wack tasted and determined which restaurant secured the enviable Judge’s Choice Best Sandwich in Sandwich Trophy. And the winner of award went to The Holly Ridge Golf Club Restaurant which made the BLTCB with applewood smoked bacon, harvest greens, ripe tomatoes, english cucumbers, boursin cheese on a chiabata. I didn't try that so I can not give a comment on that, but will be looking forward to visiting them soon. My regret is that I didn't try the Marshland Too entry The Sweet Elvis which was fresh baked banana bread with a bacon whipped ganache and peanut butter mousse. So many sandwiches and so little time. It was fun and worth the trip. Congratulations to all the contestants, you all did a great job and will be in my mind when I am out there looking for a good place to eat. Thanks for the Fun!!
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