ASHEVILLE, NC – Local residents are invited to enter their honey and home food products in “A Gathering In,” the traditional foods competition held annually at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day.
The 37th annual festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, will feature contests for canned goods, baked goods and “heritage foods,” the Best in the West Berry Recipe contest, and a competition for extracted honey with categories in light, dark, and comb.
The recipe contest will highlight the importance of berries in the regional diet, said Peter Koch, education associate at the museum. “The recipe does not have to be original, but the entry must be made from scratch and must include berries,” he said.
The foods contest is coordinated jointly by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Jackson County Center and the Mountain Heritage Center. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in youth and adult divisions, and a grand champion will be selected from each of the divisions of canned goods, baked goods, heritage foods conservation, and honey.
Food entries will be accepted at the Mountain Heritage Center at specific times during the week leading up to the festival. Canned goods, honey, and heritage foods can be dropped off at the museum between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Baked goods and berry recipe contest entries should be brought to the Mountain Heritage Center between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.
Winners will be announced at Mountain Heritage Day. All entries must be picked up from the Mountain Heritage Center by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.
For more information about the foods contest or to obtain a contest guideline booklet, call Cheryl Beck at the Jackson County Center at (828) 586-4009 or Peter Koch at the Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129, or visit www.MountainHeritageDay.com for a downloadable booklet and entry form.