Arkansas Signature Food Contest – Deadline to Enter Extended to August 31, 2016

The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest is fast approaching.  The deadline to enter has been extended to August 31, 2016.

The grand finale judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds located at 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72206, during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair.  Specific judging location at the state fair will be announced.

The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest spearheaded by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIIF) is open to the public.  Anyone is eligible to be a contestant and may submit one recipe per entry.  Contestants under age 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian.

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Author Jason Irby Spearheads Food Contest to Discover Official Arkansas Signature Food Dish

Arkansas has dozens of inherited food dishes or entrees that are commonly prepared and eaten by Arkansans and even shared around the world, but none bear a name associated with Arkansas or a city/municipality within its borders.

Jason Irby, author of My Arkansas, My Home, a publication from his Love Within Life series, has spearheaded and designed a contest which will discover and designate an official Arkansas Signature Food Dish or entrée.

The winning contestant is expected to receive $1,000 in prize money.  There will also be second and third place winners.

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Arkansas Signature Food Contest – Official Rules

Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest – Official Rules

The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest spearheaded by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIIF) is open to the public.  Anyone is eligible to be a contestant and may submit one recipe per entry.  Contestants under age 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian.  Contestants must submit a typed recipe of the original dish including the dish name and cooking instructions.  The food dish must pertain an entrée native to Arkansas. For example, seafood, arctic, tropical, etc., are not appropriate.

The name of the original dish must include “Arkansas” or a city or municipality within Arkansas.

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Author Jason Irby Announces Arkansas Signature Food Contest at Arkansas Heritage Celebration

After awarding 5 recipients as “Legend Among Us” before an enthusiastic   audience at the Arkansas Heritage Celebration of Black History Month, author Jason Irby announced his pledging of the first $500.00 to establish a contest that would create a signature Arkansas food dish.

Irby is an author, and founding chairman of Jason IRBY INNOVATION Foundation (JIIF).   Secretary/Treasurer, Tiffaney Lewis also pledged a matching $500.00 in prize money.

Irby first revealed the initiative to establish a the Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest after reading IT’S OFFICIAL! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols, by Arkansas Capital Historian David Ware.

Irby then began looking closer into the matter.

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