Baked goods, recipes sought for Mountain Heritage Festival

Jul 30, 2014

The 40th annual celebration of Mountain Heritage Day, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, at Western Carolina University will again feature the traditional foods competition, "A Gathering In," where baked goods, canned and dried foods and, this year, sweet potato recipes will vie for ribbons.
The "Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe" will highlight the importance of sweet potatoes in the Western North Carolina region.

"The recipe does not have to be original, but the entry must be made from scratch and must include sweet potatoes," said Peter Koch, education associate at WCU's Mountain Heritage Center.

Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in youth and adult divisions. A grand champion will be selected from each of the divisions of canned goods, baked goods, heritage foods conservation and vegetables.
Food entries will be accepted at the Mountain Heritage Center at specific times during the week leading up to the festival.

Canned goods and heritage foods may be dropped off at the Cordelia Camp Building on campus between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24; baked goods and the Best in the West Sweet Potato dishes, along with their respective recipes, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26.

For more information about the foods contest or to obtain a contest guideline booklet, call Shirley Peeler of the Jackson County Center at 586-4009, Peter Koch at the Mountain Heritage Center at 227-7129, or Emily Baker at

Visit for a downloadable booklet and entry form at the "Contests" link.