The highlight of our annual watermelon carving contest — besides the chance to see some incredible carvings — is getting to know some of the talented folks behind those carvings. Until now, I’ve only known them via the emails they send to me when they submit their entry. In this new monthly blog … [Read more...]
HOW TO CARVE: A JACK-O-MELON BAT!
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this will be my last watermelon carving of the season. Maybe. The absence of full-sized watermelon in grocery stores during the fall and winter makes carvings a little challenging. Sure, I can still use the mini watermelons that are stocked year round – … [Read more...]
SECOND SLICE: WHY DON’T PEOPLE CARVE WATERMELONS FOR HALLOWEEN?
I love watermelon, which is why I have to ask the important question: Why don’t people carve watermelons at Halloween? The answer might lie in the history of pumpkin carving. According to Wikipedia, the practice of carving jack-o’-lanterns (which aren’t always made from pumpkins) dates back to … [Read more...]
THE 2014 WATERMELON CARVING CONTEST WINNERS ARE…
This year’s Watermelon Carving Contest was by far the most successful carving contest we’ve hosted here on the blog. We received nearly 100 carvings, which more than doubled last year’s total. But it wasn’t the sheer number of carvings that amazed me; it was the quality of the carvings. Intricate … [Read more...]
VIDEO: THE FASTEST WAY TO CUT WATERMELON CUBES
I’ve featured watermelon carving tips here on the blog in the past, including my own tips for easy ways to turn a watermelon into wedges and a video of a guy who transforms a watermelon into cubes in about 20 seconds. A friend recently forwarded me a link to a video that shows a guy who … [Read more...]
NOT-SO-QUOTABLE WATERMELON: THEY CAN’T ALL BE GREAT!
You know how sometimes I’ll take a historic quote and swap out one of the words and replace it with watermelon? It’s a topic I like to call “Quotable Watermelon,” and I try to do it at least once every other month. Normally, I choose quotes that have the same meaning when you add the word … [Read more...]
2014 WATERMELON CARVING CONTEST: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CARVING!
Six weeks ago, we asked you to submit carvings for our 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest, and you definitely answered the call! We received lots of carvings, and all of them were great, which made it very difficult to choose the first, second and third place winners in each of our five … [Read more...]
OUR NEXT WATERMELON PRIZE: THE WATERMELON FAN!
I went camping this past weekend, and the weather was actually pretty nice. A little warm – maybe even what you’d call “hot” – which is why I was glad my wife convinced me to pack an extra cooler full of drinks and watermelon. You didn’t think I’d go camping without watermelon, did you? I fell in … [Read more...]
KEEP THOSE CARVINGS COMING!
Like I mentioned in an entry in June, the National Watermelon Promotion Board is celebrating National Watermelon Month with the 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest. The board is giving away $2,000 in prizes (including $500 to our grand prize “People’s Choice” winner) and the first 25 entrants will … [Read more...]
SECOND SLICE: AN INTERVIEW WITH A MASTER WATERMELON CARVER
The National Watermelon Promotion Board is celebrating National Watermelon Month with our 2014 Watermelon Carving Contest. They’re giving away $2,000 in prizes (including $1,000 to our grand prize “People’s Choice” winner), and the first 50 entrants will receive a Dexas watermelon cutting … [Read more...]