Dutch oven cook-off Saturday
The seventh annual Spring Into Summer Dutch Oven Cook Off is set for Saturday in Jefferson County Park.
The event is divided into two sections: competing and eating, with a goal to have fun, demonstrate Dutch oven cooking skills and to amaze the public with the great food that comes out of cast iron.
The competition will have both novice and “well-seasoned” divisions.
Novices will be judged separately and can compete for first- and second-place prize money — $75 and $50 respectively — in two categories: dessert and main dish.
Well-seasoned cooks can compete for first- through third-place — $100, $75 and $50 — in up to four categories: dessert, side dish, main dish and bread.
For more information about the competition and registration, visit the website www.jeffersoncountyconservation.com/whatsnew.html or contact county naturalist Therese Cummiskey by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 472-4421.
The public is invited to come and watch and visit with the cooks.
Individuals can pay a fee that will allow them to sample the food after the initial judging is complete. The fee is $5 for 13-year-olds through adults; $2 for 7-12 year-olds; and $1 for those under 6 years old.
Organizers said visitors to the Dutch oven cook off last year had the chance to taste test more than 50 dishes, including streusel topped caramel apple cheesecake, chicken cordon-blue, Baker’s Best Ribs and pineapple cheese twist bread.
Proceeds from the taste testing benefit the Cedar Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.