Monday, November 25, 2013

Latkes! Latkes! Latkes!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

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Thanksgivukkah is just around the corner and with that comes all sorts of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah hybrids in the kitchen. There's manischewitz brined turkey, challah stuffing and sweet potato noodle kugel.

In Charlotte, we've got pickles and latkes. How's that for a mashup? Thanks to Bill Averbach, also known as the Pickleville Pickle Man., the fourth annual Latke Festival returns Tuesday afternoon inside the Atherton Market. Every year, Averbach celebrates the beloved potato and onion pancake with a free festival where he makes hundreds of latkes served up with traditional and non-traditional accompaniments and maybe a few jokes.

This year, Averbach wants to break his previous latke-making record of 650 for what would be one hell of a Thanksgivukkah miracle. Come out and show your support, if not for the Pickle man then for the sacred fried potato.

The Latke Festival is on Nov. 26, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. inside Atherton Market at 2104 South Blvd.

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