Mushroom Fest grand prize: Golden Ticket

MushroomWorldFoodThe Mushroom Festival is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off will win a Golden Ticket to compete in the World Food Championships. Our Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off is officially a Preferred Qualifier event of the World Food Championship in the Recipe (Breakfast) category.

The Mushroom Festival’s Golden Ticket winner will have all registration fees paid and receive $1000 in travel expenses to attend the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama on November 8 to 15, 2016. At the World Food Championship, competition is fierce with $300,000 in cash and additional prizes awarded, including the grand prize of $100,000.

“More than 400 pre-qualified competitors will enter one of nine competition categories beginning Nov. 8, and the champion of the 31st Annual Mushroom Festival’s Amateur Mushroom Cook-off will be among them,” said Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships.

The theme for this year’s Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off is Breakfast! Do you make a great mushroom omelet or maybe a mushroom pancake? The challenge is to create a breakfast dish featuring the mushrooms that are commercially grown in Kennett Square, such as button, crimini, portabella, oyster, maitake, and/or shiitake.

From all the entries submitted, six finalists will be selected to prepare their recipes in the Mushroom Festival’s Special Events Tent on Saturday, September 10 at 10:30 am. The First Place winner will receive the Golden Ticket to the World Food Championship as the prize.

Rules, regulations and the application can be downloaded for the Mushroom Festival’s Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off online at, click on the Amateur Mushroom Cook-Off link on the home page.

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