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Applications Due by June 3 for New Culinary Arts Show

Powderhorn Park is a beautiful setting for culinary arts competition in October.

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association

The artwork will be replaced by booths filled with samples and small plates from 60 or so culinary artists all competing for the top prize in the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association’s first ever Culinary Arts Show, Saturday, October 19, from 12 to 5 p.m. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the association has been sponsoring a juried art festival for almost three decades.

The 38-year-old association has a stellar track record of presenting events that both engage and benefit the community around Powderhorn Park, approximately three miles south of downtown Minneapolis. Proceeds will help further the association’s advocacy efforts to improve livability and safety, housing justice and equitable development in the community. 

Unlike a lot of asks of the culinary community, this event allows participants to keep the money from the sales of a singular food or beverage entry in the competition. In addition to selling their showcased item, participants will need to prepare an additional 100 one-ounce samples that will be included as part of a punch card offer. “We’re only asking for 400 servings,” Tabitha Montgomery, executive director of the association, said. “We’d rather have them sell out” than have leftovers. Prices for food items will be in the $3 to $10 range, and organizers are looking to get sponsors help with the food costs.

Participation is by invitation only, but there are some costs associated with it, however. Booth rental is $350. Junior competitors are exempt from the fees. 

Applicants can sign up in the following categories: dessert, regional cuisine, cultural cuisine, specialty and nonalcoholic beverages. The fee for professionals is $25 and $10 for juniors. Deadline for applications is June 3. To apply go to www.ppna.org/culinaryartshow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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