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Join Me At Zest ‘N Zing – A Foodie Event for the At-Home Chef

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CALLING ALL INDY FOODIES! Clear those calendars and get those appetites ready because Zest ‘N Zing is back!

Join two Indy chefs and two Indiana farmers who will work in teams to create a great new dish during Zest ‘n Zing: A Foodie Event for the At-Home Chef at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center in downtown Indianapolis on May 7.

Brought to you by Indiana Farm Bureau, this is your chance to witness Indy’s version of Iron Chef, spend an evening enjoying Indiana food, wine and beer, and help out Indy’s own Gleaners Food Bank.

Here's a sneak peak at the Iron Chef set up from last year! "Team Pork" (WZPL's Dave Smiley, pork farmer, Heather Hill, and chef Jason Anderson took on "Team Dairy" with Paul Poteet, dairy farmer, Liz Kelsay and chef Chip Huckaby.

Here’s a sneak peak at the Iron Chef set up from last year! “Team Pork” (WZPL’s Dave Smiley, pork farmer, Heather Hill, and chef Jason Anderson took on “Team Dairy” with Paul Poteet, dairy farmer, Liz Kelsay and chef Chip Huckaby.

Indy weatherman, Paul Poteet and WTHR’s Jennie Runevitch will be emceeing the event and last year’s champion, chef Jason Anderson is returning to defend his title! Chef Anderson, joined by cattle farmer Ginny Tauer will go head to head with the new challenger, chef Greg Schiesser from Indiana Downs and hog farmer, Nick Sommers.

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Last year I was the #OfficialTweeter for the event and it was a blast! It is a great opportunity to have fun and learn a little more about farmers and food preparation. The recipes are geared toward something you can make in your own kitchen and last year they sent the recipes out after the event so you could try it at home!

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Here I am with Paul Poteet showing off the sweet Zest ‘N Zing apron I got last year during the event!

I’ll be there again this year and thanks to Indiana Family of Farmers, I have a FREE pair of tickets for you to join me!

*** Here’s how to enter***

  1. Like this post and leave a comment at the bottom saying that you’d like to join me at Zest ‘N Zing.

**For additional chances to win**

  1. Subscribe to my blog and leave another comment saying that you followed me.

  2. Post the tweet below to your Twitter account and leave a comment with the link.

I want to join @Chelsea_PA  @PaulPoteet & @JennieWTHR at #ZestNZing for @GleanersFBIndy thanks to @FamilyofFarmers! http://wp.me/p1jMjI-c1

The contest will be open until Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

Judges for this year’s event will be Heather Tallman of the blog, Basilmomma and her radio show “Around the Kitchen Sink” and here’s where it gets even more fun – one of you could be the other judge! The second judge will be chosen out of the audience that night so you have to make sure you’re in attendance!

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Last year’s judges were (L-R): WTHR’s Jennie Runevitch, guest judge Colleen Fanning (THIS COULD BE YOU), and Colt’s Jacob Tamme!

Doors for the event open at 5 p.m. and you can mix, mingle and eat with farmers from 5 – 7 p.m downstairs. The competition begins at 7 p.m. so be sure to finish up eating a few minutes before to get a good seat!

I’m so excited for this event and I hope you are too after reading this post! Don’t forget that if you want to enter to win the tickets, submit your entry before 11:59pm on Thursday.

If you aren’t drawn as the winner, I hope you will still attend the event!

Tickets are $20, with proceeds benefiting Gleaners Food Bank and can be purchased at this link: Zest ‘N Zing Event Tickets.

Can’t wait to see you all there next week!

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~Chelsea

IFOF Ambassador

And The National Maple Syrup Festival Contest Winner Is…

Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest!

The lucky winner of two free tickets to the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival at Burton’s Maplewood Farm is IndianaAnna!

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Congrats! Hope you have a great time!

Which weekend do you plan to attend? I’d love to hear about your visit!

Thanks again to Basilmomma and King Arthur Flour for sponsoring these tickets! I can’t wait to check out all the fun at the festival!

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GIVE-A-WAY ALERT! Free tickets to the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival!

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****Give-A-Way contest ended, but still check out the festival info below!*****

DID YOU KNOW that the National Maple Syrup Festival is held right here in Indiana? I had no idea!

This unique annual event is held at Burton’s Maplewood Farm, located near Medora, Indiana. Nestled in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana, festival goers can enjoy the taste of country made hot pancakes with 100% pure Maple Syrup all day every day as well as experience a variety of fun-filled events, activities, Live-music & demonstrations are sure to keep you entertained and coming back for more year after year. Maple Syrup Producers from every maple syrup producing state in America are invited to come and share their version of 100% pure Maple Syrup so get your sweet tooth ready!

And this year, YOU can join them! Thanks to my friends over at Basilmomma.com and King Arthur Flour, I am giving away 2 free bracelets ($10 value each) for entry to the festival!!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Share this blog with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment below with the link to your post.

For more chances to enter:

2. Follow me on Twitter at @Chelsea_PA and post the tweet below. Then leave an additional comment below with the link to the tweet!

“I want to join @Chelsea_PA at #MapleFest13 with @maplewoodfarms, @kingarthurflour and @basilmomma! #maplesyrup #SVChallenge”

3. Subscribe to my blog! Follow it above if you are a wordpress user, or just subscribe via email. Once you follow my blog, leave another comment saying you did that as well.

BEST OF LUCK! The contest will only be open until Monday at noon so don’t miss it!

(Sorry for the short notice, but we have time to mail you the tickets!)

ALSO………….King Arthur Flour is holding the KAF Sweet Victory Challenge recipe contest and you could win!

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To enter, create a recipe using pure maple syrup and King Arthur Flour and you could win big! The contest will be held during the National Maple Syrup Festival on March 2nd, 9th. There are two divisions (Adult, Youth), with three Categories (Savory Main Dish, Dessert, Breakfast) for each division. Visit http://www.sweetvictorychallenge.com/ to learn more and enter. HURRY THOUGH! Entries for this are due TOMORROW!

FESTIVAL DETAILS

2013 National Maple Syrup Festival

March 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th

Burton’s Maplewood Farm

8121 W. County Rd. 75 South

Medora, IN 47260

ADMISSION:

Children 4 yrs old and under: Free!

Youth (5 to 15 yrs old): $6.00

Adults (16 – 64 yrs old): $10.00

Seniors (65+): $8.00

Cool thing to know! – Donate (1) canned good for a $2.00 discount off. All donated food will be given to area food pantries.

Festival Map:

http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/NMSF-Map.pdf

I will be attending the festival as well so hope you all come and join me!

Check out some more info about the National Maple Syrup Festival in these articles!

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