A bright Saturday morning shines across Cobb Mountain and down to the grassy fairways of Mountain Meadows, host of the Second Annual Blackberry Cobbler Festival. A steady line of cars streams in, winding down the blackberry-bush-lined road to the golf course, where local artisan arts and craft vendors welcome guests.
Jennifer Gayda, one of the organizers of the festival, feels great about the turnout and vendors. “If you have a good assortment of vendors,” she says, “all the vendors do well. I felt bad about having to turn people away, but we could have had booths all the way down the fairway.” Everyone seems happy with her decision as couples and families wander across the grass, enjoying ceramics, homemade soaps, candles, lotions, art, hand-crafted cutting boards, just to name a few of the artisans represented.
Nearer the clubhouse, the smallest of guests play in an old sandtrap, while just beyond them is a styrofoam block area and a bounce house for the bigger kids. Closer to the Restaurant and Clubhouse, a pop-up tent with a purple banner reads “Kelly’s Blackberry Cobbler,” in memory of Kelly Stuckey, a Cobb legend.
On stage, a band’s playing while guests watch, sipping on Blackberry seltzer and beer. Fittingly friends and neighbors pass by, starting up conversations. It’s easy to forget there’s more to do and see. After one’s thirst is quenched, there are more than enough sweet treats offered, whether it’s a homemade cinnamon roll from Mother Lovin From the Oven or a scone from Wild Hope Bakery. And don’t forget the blackberry ice cream. If you’re craving something more savory, there are more than enough options from BadAss BLT’s food truck. A little further off, smoke rises from a BBQ promising even more tempting choices. For a chance to beat the heat, one can venture into the clubhouse to enjoy Cobbler desserts, ice cream, and local pastries from bakeries. No one is going to leave hungry.
But the main event is still to come. Back at the Clubhouse, judges sample this year’s Blackberry Cobbler entries. No one knows how serious this event is: officials guard the table. After much anticipation and deliberation, Megan Mullins is announced this year’s Blackberry Cobbler winner!
The day’s warmed up, but people still spread across the golf course, enjoying cobbler, sipping on beer, and filling up their arms with bags full of local goods. And there’s still more to see, but there’s no rush. As long as the music’s playing, there’s sure to be plenty to enjoy.
Mark your 2023 calendar for the weekend before Labor Day – The Blackberry Cobbler Festival is one you won’t want to miss. Be sure to watch for updates on the Explore Cobb Facebook page.