2ND ANNUAL PIE COMPETITION
PART OF ACTIVITIES
ON THE COOKING STAGE
Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival
Old-time cooking - the stories, recipes, and dishes will be featured at this year's What's Cookin' Stage at the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival, along with a healthy dose of Dutch Oven cooking. This is the 15th year for the Cooking Stage. Aid's Downtown Antiques are sponsoring this event.
The 25th annual Festival will be held May 31 and June 1, 2019, in and around the West Plains Civic Center. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are noon-9 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
In the Brush Arbor, neighbors will share stories from their families, highlighting the way food was prepared in their homes here in the Ozarks. Dutch Oven cooking will be featured both days. Coordinator Tara Hensley starts the menu off with Dutch Oven Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy, followed by an hour of reminiscing with vintage kitchen gadgets.
Laura Ingalls Wilder's vinegar pie recipe will be demonstrated and of course, there is sampling! Completing the day's offerings will be a Dutch Oven workshop preparing breakfast for dinner.
Saturday's session will kick off with the 2nd Annual Pie Competition. Bring your best apple pie, and entries will be received from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Entries should be brought to the Redbud Room inside the West Plains Civic Center. Judging by a select group of experts begins at noon, with awards announced (and samples offered at the Cooking Stage) at 12:30.
Pies should be prepared "from scratch," including crusts, as that will be included in the judging criteria. Please bring a copy of your recipe so it can be shared in next year's Festival Cookbook. Winners will also be featured in the Cookbook. Pies should be brought in non-returnable tins.
The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains. The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.
2019 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, and Missouri State University-West Plains. Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.