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Happy NC Blueberry Festival! 

The 19th Annual Blueberry Festival weekend kicked off Friday with the beloved Blueberry Recipe Contest at the Historic Burgaw Train Depot. This year, the recipe contest had over 60 entries garnering contestants from  around the state and of course, Burgaw. The recipe contest consists of five different categories that each dish is judged by:

  1. Appetizers
  2. Breads
  3. Desserts
  4. Miscellaneous
  5. Youth 

How the Judging Works

Each category is judged by a panel of six judges exclusively selected by the NC Blueberry Festival committee. There is a first, second and third place prize among each category. Each entry must be an original recipe and contain at least one cup of blueberries. Winners will receive cash prizes and ribbons, including $200 for first-place entries, $75 for second and $25 for third. : 

Following the judging of each category, a “Best of the Best” judging squares off the winner of each category againstlone another. The first place overall winning recipe will win an additional $100 and a medallion. But that’s not all! If the recipe contains King Arthur baking flour, the winner can win additional gift cards for King Arthur flour.   

A selection of recipes entered Friday include:  

Blueberry Rice Krispies

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Blueberry Fritters

Blueberry Bread Pudding

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Cookies

Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Blueberry Jams

Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake 

Blueberry Cheese Ball

Blueberry Vegan Scones

Blueberry Naan Flatbread

Blueberry Cake Donuts 

Blueberry Vegan Lemon Energy Balls

Blueberry Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Baked Brie with Blueberry Chutney 

Jamaican Jerk CHicken with Blueberry Cocktail Sauce

Blueberry Peach Upside Down Cake

Blueberry Pizza

Red, White and NC Blueberry Grilled Chicken 

Blueberry Baklava 

Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Barbeque Sauce

…and that’s just to name a few!

The winner of the NC Blueberry Festival recipe contest will be announced Saturday, June 18 at noon during the opening ceremony. Follow along with Burgaw Now to stay up-to-date on Blueberry festival winners, happenings and more! 

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