State Invites Recipes for Annual 'Buy Local' Cook Out

Finalists will Prepare Dishes Featuring Local Products at the Government House to Kick Off Buy Local Challenge Week

ANNAPOLIS (May 12, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley invites teams made up of a chef and one or more farmer, waterman, or producer to submit original recipes using local ingredients for Maryland’s annual “Buy Local Cook Out,” to be held at Government House in Annapolis on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The cook out is the signature kick-off event for the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week (July 17-25), during which all Marylanders are encouraged to eat at least one local product each day of the week. Entries are due June 1.

“We are very excited to feature local chefs, farmers and products at the cook out,” said Governor O’Malley. “The keys to Maryland’s unique character can be found in the bounty of our land and water along with those Marylanders who harvest it. When we purchase and eat fresh, local products, we are putting our families first by providing strong nutrition, keeping jobs in the local economy, and preserving open space by keeping farmers on the land. Buying locally moves us toward a smart, green and growing future for all Marylanders.”

Recipes that represent Maryland’s Best Bounty will be chosen in each of the following categories:

-- Appetizer Main dish
-- Side dish or salad Dessert
-- Beverage Table decorations (centerpieces for café tables)

Those interested should submit recipes to: Maryland’s Best Bounty Cook Out Recipe, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or via email, masonkb(at) .

Complete rules of entry and additional information are posted on line at

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