The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 31, 2013

State Fair to host 2013 W.Va. recipe challenge Aug. 11


— Have you dreamed of selling your family-favorite recipe? Do you wonder how you can own and run your own food-based business? The 2013 West Virginia Recipe Challenge at the State Fair of West Virginia will give competitors the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills and explore future entrepreneurship potential during the competition slated Aug. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. in the West Virginia Building.

Emphasizing food product and business development, competitors will present their original recipes and discuss a business vision with a panel of culinary and business experts. The winner will receive business consulting and services designed to launch their food venture in West Virginia.

The competition coincides with West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick’s priority of providing more food resources and keeping agriculture’s economic impact within the state.

Helmick will be on hand at the 3 p.m. award ceremony to congratulate the winner and present the prize package provided by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), West Virginia University (WVU), and WVU Cooperative Extension Service, the State Fair of West Virginia, Tamarack and the Tamarack Foundation, Rod Stoner, LLC and Ron McGruder Food Consulting.

A complete list of event guidelines and registration information are available at http://www. wvagriculture.org and www.statefairofwv.com. The $25 entry fee and applications will be accepted until 11:30 a.m. the day of the event but competitors are encouraged to download and complete the pre-event product questionnaire prior to arrival at the fairgrounds.