South Dakota State Fair will host three separate food competitions this year -- Jack's Campers Chili Challenge, the Pork Butt Battle and the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Heirloom Recipe Contest.
Jack's Campers Chili Challenge takes place Friday, Sept. 4 at Horticulture Park. Participants from all over come to compete for the title of best chili. Cooking begins at 8 a.m. with the People's Choice Tasting and judging beginning at 1 p.m. The first place team will receive $225, with $150 going to 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place. People's Choice winner will receive $50.
The Pork Butt Battle, sponsored by South Dakota Pork Producers and Advanced BioEnergy, will also take place Friday, Sept. 4. Competitors square off to see whose pork butt will come out on top. Cooking begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 and competitors will cook through the night and the following morning to be prepared for People's Choice Tasting and judging at 3 p.m. on Friday. Top prize is $500, with $225 for 2nd place and $125 for 3rd place. People's Choice Winner will receive $100. All winners will receive a trophy.
The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance Heirloom Recipe Contest takes place Sunday, Sept. 6, in the Women's Building Kitchen. The 2015 theme is "Family Favorites Never Served to Guests." The Family Heirloom Recipe competition seeks the state's best made from scratch heirloom recipe of a family favorite never served to guests; can be a reuse of leftovers, something cobbled together on a busy night or just anything you can think of. Recipes must be from prior to 1950. Entrants will be judged based on history, the prepared recipe, and display and appearance. First place winner will receive $150, with $100 going to 2nd place, and $50 to 3rd place.
This is the year to test out your cooking skills at the South Dakota State Fair! Rules and entry forms for all three challenges can be found on the SD State Fair website, www.sdstatefair.com, under the Special Events section.
The 2015 South Dakota State Fair will run from Thursday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 7. Channel Seeds preview night will be Wednesday, Sept. 2. This year's theme is "Sew it. Grow it. Show it." For more information on State Fair events, contact the Fair office at 800-529-0900, visit www.sdstatefair.com.