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Test your mandarin recipe acumen at fest

Nearly $2,500 in prizes will be awarded
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Nearly $2,500 in prizes will be awarded With a $1,900 set of Kitchen Craft cookware for Best of Show and $100 for top place in each category, the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival Recipe Contest, just might be the recipe contest to win this year. The popular event draws more than 45 entries and the judging will be a don’t-miss activity during the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, Nov. 18-20, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street in Auburn. In addition, Snow’s Citrus Court will be offering bonus cash prizes for recipes that use their products. Categories for main dishes, side dishes including preserves, and desserts are open to all ages. Dishes with completed entry forms should be delivered to the Armory Building Cooking Stage between 11:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday. Judging will begin at 12:15 p.m. Entries must be original and accompanied by a typewritten recipe. All entries will become the property of the Mountain Mandarin Festival. Applications with complete rules and regulations are available at www.MandarinFestival.com. There are no provisions for heating or keeping dishes cold, so contestants should keep food in appropriate small coolers or non-electric insulated warmers. Mandarin oranges, which are available fresh-from-the-tree during the winter months, have become a staple for holiday tables. Besides enjoying the juicy flesh straight from the peel, the citrus fruit can be used in countless recipes including main dishes, peel for marmalade or candied products, juice for drinks, marinades, salad dressings and tasty syrups. Mandarin oranges used in contest recipes may be either fresh Placer County grown mandarins (preferred) or canned. For more information about the 18th Annual Mountain Mandarin Festival visit www.MandarinFestival.com. ~ Staff report