Joe Milliken - Editor
The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation is seeking entries for the Cheese Recipe Contest that will be held at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Saturday, September 12.
Originated in 1997, the event features many activities including wagon rides, traditional craft demonstrations, special presentations, seasonal culinary treats and activities for the entire family.
This year the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has selected the Harvest Festival as a "Top 10 Fall Event."
The contest is part of the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival, an event that celebrates the award-winning world of Vermont-made cheese.
Contestants are asked to bring their entry to the Plymouth Cheese Factory, which is located at the Coolidge Site, on September 12 between 10:30 a.m. and noon.
A copy of the recipe should accompany the actual culinary creation. Please attach your name, address, and telephone number on separate sheet of paper.
Recipes can use any variety of Vermont-made cheese and contestants may submit two different recipes for the contest.
Only original (or old family) recipes will be eligible. Recipes will be judged on originality, presentation and taste.
A panel of three distinguished judges will announce the winners at 12:45 p.m. as part of the festival celebration. First place wins a Plymouth Cheese Factory Gift Basket; second place receives a Plymouth Notch Staffordshire Plate and the third place entry receives a Coolidge Historic Site tee-shirt.
A few of the scheduled events include cheese sampling by members of the Vermont Cheese Council, a cheese-making demonstration at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, a visit from Senator Dick McCormack to present "Stone Walls: Songs of Vermont," antiques appraisals from James Marquis and a visit from author Ellen Ogden and cheesemaker Jon Wright who will present "The Vermont Cheese Trail."
The antiques appraisal session is a new addition to this year's festival, with James Marquis of Wallingford providing appraisals.
Mr. Marquis is generously donating his services, with proceeds to benefit collections care at the Coolidge State Historic Site.
The public is welcome to watch this special Plymouth adaptation of the famous "Roadshow" program.
Several Vermont-based artisans will also participate in the festivities including Fiber Arts in Vermont's demonstration of "sheep to shawl,"Irene Ames' basket making, the Green Mountain Blacksmiths Association, chair caning by the Black River Academy Museum and Deb Ritchie's demonstrations of crocheting, knitting and hand-stiching.
The Cheese Recipe Contest is co-sponsored by Plymouth Artisan Cheese and Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
For more information about the recipe contest and the festival, call 672-3773.
Other activities during the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival include cheese sampling by members of the Vermont Cheese Council and a special performance by Linda Radtke.
The Plymouth Cheese Factory was established in 1890, is still producing its original and distinctive granular curd cheese.
Several of Vermont's other fine cheesemakers will also be at the festival with samples of their Vermont-made products including Taylor Farm, Crowley, Grafton Village, Thistle Hill Farm, Spring Brook Farm, Vermont Water Buffalo and Cabot.
The Vermomt State Historic websites contributed information to this article.