Anybody out there have any good original recipes involving pecans?
The Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau wants you to share them as it has special plans for celebrating National Pecan Month in April. The Florence CVB is holding a recipe contest, and entrants’ recipes also will be used to create a pecan-focused cookbook.
The cookbook will help celebrate the South Carolina Pecan Trail, a culinary trail dedicated to the pecan, where Florence is the hub. It is seeking original recipes from area residents to share, and there’s a category for youth, too.
Home, amateur and professional chefs of any age – there’s a special category for youth, too -- from the area are encouraged to submit their original recipes for a chance to win gift certificates and to be featured in the cookbook. “Original” is defined in this case as not previously published by the entrant, or anyone else, in the same or substantially the same form.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place for adults and youth. For adults, first place will be awarded $250; second place, $150; and third, $75. For youth, first place will be awarded $75; second place, $50, and third, $25.
Several recipes submitted for the cookbook will be selected for the cookoff and will be judged by a panel. The finalists will be elected to prepare their recipes for the panel at SC Pecan Trail Cook-Off on April 28 at Florence After Five in downtown Florence.
Finalists will be notified personally by phone and in writing that their recipe has been selected and invited to compete in the challenge.
If selected, finalists must be present to present their entry at the contest in order to be eligible to win. All cooking will take place prior to arrival at the cook-off. Plan dishes accordingly.
As part of the contest, winning contestants will be required to participate in the promotion of their recipes (media interview, photos, retail promotion, website) with no additional compensation planned. Recipes may also be used by the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau in other publications.
HOW TO SUBMIT
• Submit your ORIGINAL recipe -- include ingredients and instructions, your name and address and contact information.
• By mail to Kimberly Brauss, 3290 W. Radio Drive, Florence, S.C., 29501.
• In person at Florence Visitors Center, 3290 W. Radio Drive, the small building on the upper level of the Florence Civic Center campus.
• Entries (you may submit more than one recipe, but please submit separate entry forms for each unique recipe) may be submitted
• Mailed entries must be postmarked before April 16.
• Emailed entries are due by April 18.