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:
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 Bread Pudding
Blueberry Grilled Cheese
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
Red, White and NC Blueberry Grilled Chicken
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!