The first University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sweet Potato Cooking Contest will be held Friday, Sept. 8.


The cook-off will be a featured event at the agriculture field day hosted by the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. The field day will be held at the UAPB Agriculture Research Station on Oliver Road, off University Drive.


Check-in for contestants begins at 8:30 a.m. with the cook-off getting underway at 9 a.m. A three-person panel will start judging the recipes at 10 a.m.


Entrants can submit their sweet-potato based recipes to UAPB school of agriculture personnel. The top five contestants will be officially invited to participate in the cook-off before they vie for the first-place trophy and other prizes at the field day.


“Whether their specialty is sweet potato casserole or simple roasted sweet potatoes, the contestants will be able to demonstrate their cooking skills using top-quality sweet potatoes grown here at UAPB,” saud Easter H. Tucker, interim family and consumer sciences program leader for UAPB. “The contest will help highlight the versatile nature of the nutritious root vegetable, which lends itself to a wide variety of recipes and flavors.”


Sweet potatoes will be provided to contestants after check-in on the day of the cook-off. A stove and workstation will be available on-site. Recipes will be judged on ease of preparation, availability of ingredients, originality and creativity.


The contest is open to anyone 18 years old and older and is free to enter. Recipes for pies are not eligible for the contest. Recipes should be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 17.


Entrants should send their original recipe along with their name, address and phone number to Rachel Will at willr@uapb.edu or 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4966, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601.


For general participation in the field day, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m. Field tours begin at 9 a.m. with the last tour at 11 a.m.


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