Apples are the key ingredient in this year’s entries for the annual “Best of the West” award in the Mountain Heritage Day “A Gathering In” Traditional Food Competition.
Each year, “Best of the West” entries must include a key ingredient that has a connection to foods prepared and/or preserved in a historic way. Preserved canned or dried foods as well as baked goods will fill the tables in the other juried food competitions.
Every entry must be prepared from scratch; no mixes or preprepared items are permitted. In the competition’s rules and guidelines booklet (contest page at www.mountainheritageday.com), there are categories for many kinds of preserves, jams, sauces, pickles, relishes, as well as a section for heritage foods conservation that includes bleached (smoked) apples, canned blackberries, sauerkraut and “leather breeches” (dried green or wax beans).