OK, my bias is showing: I’m not a fan of livermush. (And for those of you who aren’t from around here, livermush is similar to Pennsylvania’s scrapple and similar-but-maybe-different-from what’s called liver pudding in other parts of the state.)
Some of you are devotees, though, so today’s news is for you: It’s time to enter your recipes in the livermush cooking category for the Mush, Music and Mutts Festival in Shelby.
Held around the Courthouse Square in downtown Shelby, the two-day festival also will include a N.C. Brew Fest and a chili cookbook on Oct. 14, with the official N.C. Liver Mush Festival from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15. The event also includes a pet festival and a fall festival with children’s activities. Oh, and a crowning of a Miss Livermush. The brew fest and chili cookoff tickets are $40 in advance, $45 the day of.
The livermush cookoff is open to home cooks and local restaurants. To enter, bring a registration form (or fill one out on site), enough servings for at least four judges and a handwritten or printed copy of the recipe. Dishes must be brought between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. to the Cleveland County Arts Council, 111 S. WAshington St. Judging begins at 10 a.m. and winners are announced at 11 a.m. Dishes can be made with any brand of livermush.
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Prizes: $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place.
For a registration form, go to clevelandchamber.org/mush-music-mutts-festival. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-329-4030.