Linda Miller can cook some peas.  In 2012, she successfully defended her title of Best PurpleHull Pea Cook.  In fact, Linda has won the title three out of the past six years.  But she can cook more than peas.  At the 2009 Great PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook Off, Linda ran away with the competition, winning three of the six caterogies, including "Best Purple Hull Peas."


The 2018 Great PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook Off
Sponsored by:

For those of us who grew up in the Emerson area, those hot sticky summer days we toiled through as kids had at least one advantage:  There was usually a pot of fresh purple hulls waiting for us on the dinner table.

Mix in a good piece of hot cornbread, right out of the oven, and you had cuisine akin to manna from heaven.

The PurpleHull Pea Festival tries to relive some of those great pea dishes of old, and maybe create a few new ones in the process.

If you think you're a pretty good peas & cornbread cook, we encourage you to enter the Great PurpleHull Peas & Cornbread Cook Off, sponsored by Big Daddy's Hot Water Cornbread.

It will take place at the Emerson School Cafetorium at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 30. Bring your dish by 9:00 to check in.  Judging begins at 9:30 a.m.

And this year, thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Big Daddy's Hot Water Cornbread, we'll be offering monetary prizes.  The winner in each category wins $50, and automatic entry into the Best of Show competition.  The winner of Best in Show wins an additional $100!

For more information, contact Joyce Dailey at (501) 416-4657.

Here are the categories for 2018:

Best PurpleHull Peas

Best Cornbread

Best Original Recipe Using PurpleHull Peas:

Best Condiment / Salsa (pea topping, such as relish, chow-chow, jelly, etc.)

Best Cobbler

First place winners have the option to have their recipes put on the festival's Web site.  (That is, if he or she wishes to divulge it.) 

The five categories are judged by an independent panel of judges.

Good luck.  Let's get cooking!

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