Deadline for Peach Cook-off entries is June 16

Published 11:50 am Thursday, June 11, 2015

The deadline for submissions in the 2015 Peach Festival Cook-Off is 4 p.m. June 16.

The annual Cook-Off will be held this year at 10 a.m. on June 20 at Senior Connection, located in the Fred’s Shopping Center in Clanton at 304 Park Plaza.

Entries will be split into two divisions, the Adult Division (for those 19 and older) and the Youth Division (those ages 9-18).

First- ($50), second- ($35) and third-place ($25) prizes will be awarded for each division.

During the judging portion of the event, a food demonstration will be presented by Chef Bill Akins. Akins brings 28 years of experience in the culinary field including time at the White House, in the military and at Gulf Coast restaurants.

Individuals are welcome to attend the presentation without a dish entered in the Cook-Off.

Seating is limited, so call 280-6268 to reserve a seat.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample the dishes.

Guidelines for entries to the Cook-Off include:

•Dishes must contain fresh Chilton County peaches.

•Only one entry per person.

•The recipe need not be original.

•Judging will be based on using fresh, quality peaches (10 points); appearance (20 points), taste (60 points) and creativity (10 points). Dishes can be displayed in participants’ container of choice.

•Dishes must be registered and on the table ready for judging at 10 a.m. June 20.

•Winners must be present to win.

•Pre-registration is required. Registration forms must be completed and due at the Extension Office in Clanton by 4 p.m. June 16. No late entries will be accepted. Registration forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 30, Clanton, AL 35046 or faxed to (205) 280-6357.

•Recipes using raw eggs will be disqualified. If a recipe calls for raw eggs, cooked custard can be made, or pasteurized egg products may be substituted.

•Dishes entered in the contest must be made available for participants and attendees to taste at the conclusion of the event.

•Participants are invited to serve samples of their dishes to guests during the sampling portion of the program.

For more information, contact Gay West at 280-6268. On the day of the event, call (205) 410-3593. Disabilities will be accommodated with prior notification.

The event is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Chilton County office, Chilton County Farmer’s Federation Women’s Committee and the Clanton Lion’s Club.