Heritage Farm accepting contestants for Appalachian cook-off on Sept. 5

Published 10:45 am Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Heritage Farm Museum and Village, which boasts of nearly a dozen museums that celebrate Appalachian history and culture, also gives attention each year to cooking the way it was done 100 years ago.

That happens annually at the Cast-Iron Cook-Off, which takes place this year on Saturday, Sept. 5.

This year’s format is a little different, with 10 spots available for those who want to compete for prize money and a special location for those who simply want to cook and share samples with visitors.

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Regardless of the category you’re interested in, signing up needs to take place by Wednesday. Currently, only a few spots remain for the competition, while there is room for those wanting to cook for fun.

Competitors can register by downloading the form at www.heritagefarmmuseum.com , filling it out and submitting it — along with a $50 entry fee — to Heritage Farm, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. An entry fee is not required for those cooking for fun.

This year’s cook-off also promises to be a better experience for visitors, who can enjoy samples throughout the day. The festival takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Non-competing cooks can serve samples from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and all competitor samples will be served beginning at 1 p.m. Judging begins at 1:30 p.m.

Competitors’ dishes must be cooked in cast-iron cookware over a wood fire and include locally-available ingredients. Prep work can be done ahead of time, but all cooking must take place at Heritage Farm. Teams can include up to three people.

All materials must be provided by the cooks, while sample cups and spoons will be provided by Heritage Farm.

In addition to all the food, there will be entertainment provided by the Dulcimer Club and a folk dancing group at noon. Wagon rides, the petting zoo and museum tours also will be open, while lunch and desserts can be purchased from Village Vittles and the Artisan Café.

There also will be a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. for visitors.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

For more information, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com and check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Founded in 1996, the Farm’s collection includes more than 25,000 square feet of historically significant Appalachian artifacts in seven award-winning museums and was recently named West Virginia’s first Smithsonian Affiliate Institution. The Farm is also home to more than 30 log structures and other reconstructed buildings, artisans, and re-enactors that bring Appalachian history to life.

To learn more about Heritage Farm Museum and Village, call 304-522-1244 or visit heritagefarmmuseum.com