Burton’s Maplewood Farm Sponsors 2015 Sweet Victory Challenge
Amateur home cooks and bakers nationwide will have an opportunity to showcase their best recipes using maple syrup at this year’s Sweet Victory Challenge, sponsored by Burton’s Maplewood Farm. A major part of the National Maple Syrup Festival, attracting food enthusiasts from all over the Midwest, the Sweet Victory Challenge will move to Brown County, Ind., with the Festival, taking place Sat. and Sun., March 7 and 8, at the Story Inn, in the village of Story, Ind.
The competition is open to both adults (18 and over) and youths (17 and under) with original recipes in one of three categories: Savory (Main Dish), Dessert, and Breakfast. Each recipe must include 100% pure maple syrup.
A panel of judges will select five finalists in each division/category based on creativity, appetizing description, ease of preparation, and appropriate use of the required products. On March 7 and 8, the competition days, local volunteers and culinary school students will prepare each dish for final judging at these times:
Sat., March 7, 10 a.m. Youth Breakfast
Sat., March 7, 1 p.m. Youth Savory
Sat., March 7, 4 p.m. Youth Dessert
Sun., March 8, 10 a.m. Adult Breakfast
Sun., March 8, 1 p.m. Adult Savory
Sun., March 8, 4 p.m. Adult Dessert
Finalists need not be present to win; however, competitors and guests at the Story Inn at at the time of the competition are involved in tasting each dish. The grand prize for each category in the adult division is $200; second prize is $100. In the youth division, first prize in each category is a $100; second prize is $50.
All entries must be received by midnight, Feb. 20, 2015. Finalists will be notified the following week. Complete rules and an online entry form are available here.
The National Maple Syrup Festival is an annual event that celebrates maple-sugaring season and the coming of spring. Moving to Brown County, Ind., this year, it will include demonstrations, entertainment, food, and maple syrup-related fun in three venues — the Story Inn, Brown County State Park and downtown Nashville.