The Leader Holiday Recipe Contest is alive and well, but will be a little different this year.
The contest is open to home cooks of all ages in Jefferson County and Eureka, and as always, five winners will receive a cash prize.
But the Leader Holiday Dinner has been suspended for another year due to COVID -19 restrictions on the Jefferson College campus.
Since its inception in 2014, the dinner, a collaboration between the college and Leader Publications, has raised more than $ 15,000 for the Jefferson College Foundation, which uses the money to send students to cooking contests across the region. .
“We really hate not hosting the event, but safety has to come first,” said Peggy Scott, deputy editor of Leader. “We think it’s wiser to cancel for now and come back next time stronger than ever.”
For this year’s competition, recipes are searched in five categories: entrees, soups, salads, sides and desserts.
A finalist will be selected in each category and will win $ 50 in cash. Then the judges will choose the big winner, who will receive an additional $ 50. As many recipes as space allows will be released on November 24. Leader Holiday Gift Guide Special Section.
Residents of Jefferson County and Eureka are encouraged to submit a recipe in one or all of the categories, up to a maximum of five entries per reader. The deadline for submitting recipes is Monday, November 15 at 5 p.m.
Family favorite recipes or that have a story or story are preferred. Recipes taken directly from websites or cooking shows generally do not have high ratings.
Recipes can be submitted by email to [email protected]; by post to PO Box 159, Festus, 63028; or in person at 503 N. Second at Festus.
To be eligible for the contest, entries must include the author’s full name, address and phone number.
For more information about the competition, call the Leader at 636-931-7560.