Calling all culinary enthusiasts and cooking aficionados! Get ready to showcase your skills at the Collard Greens Cook-Off during the 8th Annual Big Mama’s Collard Green Festival on Oct. 19, 2023. Join us at Robert L. Taylor Community Park for this beloved event that celebrates community and culture, bringing together the vibrant influences of Cajun, Creole, Southern, and Caribbean styles.
As a participant in the collard green cook-off, you’ll have the chance to compete for the coveted title of “Big Mama” and win prizes for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Prepare your best family collard recipes and submit them for a blind taste test by a panel of judges selected by the event planning committee.
But that’s not all! Festival attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in soul food offerings from local chefs and vendors, supporting the vibrant local culinary scene. It’s the perfect occasion to savor some of the area’s best food while fostering community connections.
BMCGF is a family-friendly event, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all ages. Spend quality time with loved ones as you enjoy delicious food and live entertainment. Multiple food vendors will be available, ensuring a diverse array of delectable options. Remember to bring your lawn chairs or blankets for a comfortable and relaxing time.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic event celebrating community, culture, and healthy eating habits. We look forward to seeing you at the 8th Annual Big Mama’s Collard Green Festival!
- Between 1:00 and 1:20 p.m., please bring your dish to the Newtown Nation/Newtown Farmers Market booth, marked with blue flags.
- Ensure your dish is in a
1/4 aluminum pan with your name and booth number clearly labeled underneath. Newtown Nation staff will then provide you with a ticket that matches your entry.
- The judging will commence promptly at 1:30 p.m. NO dishes will be accepted after 12:20 p.m. (NO exceptions).
- Results will be announced at 2:05 p.m., and any remaining portion of your dish will be available for sampling by patrons.
Judges will identify dishes by their assigned dish numbers; they will not have access to ticket numbers or vendor names.
- 1st Place Winner: $150 cash prize, Festival T-shirt, commemorative gift, an interview with a local reporter, and one Saturday of free vending at Newtown Farmers Market.
- 2nd Runner-Up: $100 cash prize and a Festival T-shirt.
- 3rd Runner-Up: $50 cash prize and a Festival T-shirt.
All vendors shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Big Mama’s Collard Greens Festival. Planning Committee, the City of Sarasota, RLTCC and its representatives, members, employees and volunteers from and against any and all liabilities, damages, losses, cost, or expenses resulting from a claim, suit or proceeding made or bought by the way the contestant or third party against any committee planning member of the organization above arising out of or in any way connected with Contestant’s participation in the BMCGF 2022, except to the extent such liability, damage, loss or expenses is the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct of any BMCGF, the City of Sarasota, representatives.