Kristin started this with her response last week to my blog on The Italian Haitian Island Antipasto and Jay’s invitation to the 4th Annual Oktoberfest Fly-In at Walnut Creek Airport in Somonauk, Illinois, on her birthday!
Kristin wanted ideas for a Fly-In Appetizer! That started Greg and Marcy thinking…
What about a Bi-plane???
An antipasto Bi-plane?
What could we use? Greg suggested a salami for the Chassis? Or maybe a baguette and frost it with a savory cheese spread? We went to the Family Fruit Market for inspiration, and found the Chinese Okra.
Chinese Okra? A green Bi-plane?
Once we decided on using the Chinese Okra for the Chassis, we found four cacti for the Supporting Planes (wings,) cinnamon sticks for the Struts, another cactus for the Elevator (tail,) baby corns for the Propeller, a pimento stuffed olive for the Nose, two jalapeño peppers for the Legs, baby eggplant for the fat Wheels, star fruit for the Stars. And kept laughing…
Oops we almost forgot the banner!
Ryan got on the computer and rescued us.
We chose the antipasto ingredients from Blog Bursts: Recipe Italian Haitian Island Antipasto with an alternative selection of meats and cheeses keeping in mind the party was in the Midwest, not on Taylor Street.
The Fly-In hostesses, Carol and Sandy, thought of everything. The hangar worktables were covered with festive tablecloths, the grills set up for brats and hot dogs, Jimmy’s Soft Serve ice cream with toppings, logs stacked for the campfire, kegs, hammock, chairs, tables, and pool.
All afternoon waiting guests were in line, excited about the complementary plane rides.
I wish I knew the names of all these fabulous, restored planes on the corn-field-runway.
Planes keep landing and taking off all afternoon.
Babies, kids, teenagers, dogs, seniors, and everything-in-between, arrive and bring a “Dish to Pass!” Beautiful salads, sides, and casseroles covered the hangar worktables. Another long workbench along the wall featured sumptuous desserts framed by tools neatly organized on the hangar walls.
The spirit and fun continued into the night, people set-up their tents for sleepovers.
The entertainment featured the band Back County Roads, and the evening ended with a blazing campfire.
Thank you Sandy and Jay and Carol and Brent for a beautiful day!
A grand time was had by all.