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Apple Festival cooking contest planned

From Staff Reports

The Unicoi County Apple Festival is fast approaching, so grab your aprons, dust off your recipe files, and start baking. Bring your favorite apple dish on Friday, Oct. 7, to the 2016 Unicoi County Apple Festival Cooking Contest, sponsored by the Mountain Harvest Kitchen.

This year’s contest will be held at the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Erwin. Entries will be received between 10 and 11 a.m., with the closed judging to begin at 11 a.m.

According to a press release issued by contest organizers, categories for the apple contest include apple cakes, apple pies, and any other apple dish.

Only one entry per person and per category will be accepted. The entries for the contest must include at least one cup of apples, applesauce, or dried apples. A copy of the recipe must be included with the entry to qualify for judging.

Prizes in each of the three categories will be $50 for first place, $30 for second, and $20 for third place.

All winners will receive an official Unicoi County Apple Festival rosette. Winners will be announced on stage at 1 p.m.

The Apple Festival Cooking Contest is sponsored by the Mountain Harvest Kitchen, a certified commercial kitchen created to support development and growth of local and regional food businesses. This facility, expected to open next year, will be available for rent 24/7 to individuals and businesses for food processing. Learn more at

For information about the contest, call the Chamber at 743-3000 or UT Extension at 735-1637.