The Recipe Contest originated with the very first festival in 1986 as a cook-off with entries narrowed down to 12 finalists, the recipe contest was a big hit from the beginning. Finalists were invited to prepare their dishes and judges then selected winners and awarded prizes. The Grand Prize winner would then be invited to prepare the prize-winning recipe in the demonstration area at the Stockton Asparagus Festival. Over the years the cook-off has evolved into a Recipe Contest where entrants bring their prepared dishes to the judging area at the Festival on Sunday. Judges then taste and select winners in a dozen categories and three age groups. Cash awards are given for first, second and third places. A Grand Prize winner is selected and, as in the past, invited to prepare the dish in the demonstration area. All food contest recipes must use asparagus-fresh, frozen, or canned.
Located in the KCRA pavilion at McLeod Lake, this is one of the most interesting venues at the festival. Competition categories include:
Appetizers, Cakes, Desserts, Muffins/Breads, Cookies…
Age Categories are 12 years and Younger, 13-18 years and 19 – Adult.
Click on the link below to download the 2014 Recipe Contest Application. Apply to be a contestant. You could be the next big one!