Don Mason continues to feed me information about Northern California Dutch oven cookoffs:
Dear Dutch Oven Cooks:
On Saturday, October 10, 2009, the Trinity County Historical Society is hosting its 2nd annual TCHS Dutch Oven Cook-off. Proceeds from the cook-off go to a special project fund of the TCHS.
Cooking will take place in the Hal Goodyear History Park at the Jake Jackson Museum located on Main Street/Hwy 299 West in Weaverville, California. The cooking area opens at 7 a.m. A cooks meeting and sign-in will start promptly at 9 a.m. with People's Choice judging commencing at 1 p.m. This is a 1 to 3 pot cook-off: main dish, bread and dessert. There is a $10.00 entry fee per dish.
The public will be invited to purchase a tasting ticket and a ballot ($5.00 per person) to sample and vote for People's Choice Awards for each category (main dish, bread and dessert). Each category will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes. Prizes this year for each category are: $100 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $20 gift certificates to the TCHS for 3rd.
The table judged as "best looking" will receive a 1st place prize. The theme of the tables will be gold mining (the cook-off takes place in a gold mining history park). Judging will be based on theme, visual impact, beauty/order and creativity.
Cook-off entrants will have a 12-foot x 12-foot cooking area with one table. You will be cooking in an open area so bring a type of E-Z up instant shelter. Trash cans for regular and recycled materials are provided.
Breakfast is easily had in the neighborhood of the park: The Nugget to the south and the Garden Café to the north, and often there is a community breakfast held at the Parish Hall of the Congregational Church (as of this letter this event has yet to be formalized).
Other activities are held the weekend of October 10th. The Salmon Festival will be celebrated in the Highland Art Center's park across the street from the museum. The museum will be holding a blacksmithing course on the same day.
My contact cell number is 530-410-8013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you in Weaverville. Come "show off" your culinary skills and enjoy beautiful Trinity County.
George P. Chapman
TCHS Dutch Oven Cook-off Chair
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