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Sign up now to enter Cast Iron Cook-Off

September 4, 2018 GMT

Get your cast-iron in the fire and the grease melting for the eighth annual Cast Iron Cook-Off as part of the Way Back Weekend series at Heritage Farm Museum and Village.

This year’s event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the village, 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, as part of the Fall Fest which also features the Mountain Games, during which teams compete in an obstacle course run, a tomahawk throw, coal shoveling, rock climbing and other mountain-themed tasks. Fall Fest will also feature wagon rides, cider and lots of farm fall fun.

Teams are signing up now for the competition which emphasizes Appalachian cuisine.

The deadline is Sept. 26, but team slots will fill up faster. Winners, chosen by a panel of judges, will receive $300, second place, $200 and third place, $100. The public will choose the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, with a prize of $100.

Here are the rules for the cook-off:

n The dish that is prepared can include an appetizer, salad, dessert, entre or side dish.

n The dish should reinterpret and/or adapt a traditional Appalachian recipe that features a local or indigenous ingredient (It must be described in your entry form).

n The dish must be prepared in cast-iron cookware of any variety.

n Cooking teams may consist of one to three people.

n Teams must provide all cooking ingredients, utensils, supplies, table covers, and cleaning supplies.

n Prep work - including slicing, dicing, marinating, etc. - may be done in advance of the actual contest.

n Cooking must be done on site. Reheating an entre or side dish already prepared will result in disqualification. In general, no pre-prepared food can be used. Exceptions include: stocks, glace and demi-glace - as well as in-state value products (jellies, honey, etc.)

n All cooking and food preparation must be done in a sanitary manner. Any violations may be cause for disqualification. Neither Heritage Farm nor Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation will be liable for any negligence by participants.

n Cooking will be done over wood fires. Set-up starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 9 a.m.

n Vehicles must be removed from area no later than 9 a.m. Once chef is set, the cooking begins.

Judging begins at noon Each team will present one dish for three judges - plated separately. Dishes will be judged on flavor (50 points), use of local ingredients (25 points), and innovative interpretation (25 points).

Following the judging, at approximately 12:45 p.m. the team must provide at least 100 taste samples to be served in small serving cups provided by Heritage Farm Museum and Village. People’s Choice voting will continue until 1:30 p.m.

Winners are scheduled to be announced at 1:45 p.m.

Completed entry form and fee must be received no later than Wednesday, September 26. Check should be made payable to Heritage Farm Museum and Village. If there are 10 teams already registered, checks will be returned. Tear-down of stations will not begin before 3 p.m., unless otherwise instructed by management.

Go online at https://mountaingames.chhfoundation.org/cast-iron-cook-off-2/ to register and visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com for more information on the fest and other Heritage Farm events.