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Bloody Mary and Other Contests Spice Up the East End's Horseradish Festival

(April 6, 2015, Riverhead, NY) The North Fork Horseradish Festival is recruiting all cocktail enthusiasts and home-cooks to become contestants in this year's Bloody Mary and Amateur Recipe Contests taking place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Long Ireland Beer Company located at 817 Pulaski Road in Riverhead, NY from 11am-5pm. Visit the website for contest entry forms and additional information.

All contestants must be North Fork Horseradish Festival attendees. There is no additional fee to participate in a contest but there is limited room so festival organizers encourage you to sign up early! Rules for each contest are located on the entry form. The highly-anticipated Bloody Mary Contest, sponsored by Long Island Spirits located in Baiting Hollow (NY), requires contestants to use LiV Vodka - and of course horseradish - in their bloodies. The vodka will be supplied at the event but contestants must bring any and all other ingredients they wish to use with them, including any glassware for presentation. The top bloody mary maker will win a case of LiV Vodka, plus bragging rights at the festival and in the community at large. Contestants do not need to be professional bartenders or mixologists!

For those who would rather get creative in the kitchen, the Amateur Recipe Contest allows home cooks to compete for Long Island's top dish. The contest, sponsored by Gold's Horseradish , has only one major rule: the recipe must contain horseradish. Dishes are made at home and brought to the event for the contest. Contestants do have the ability to use limited electric to keep their dishes warm but ice is not provided to keep dishes cold. If you have a chili, a soup, a dip, a quiche - or any other dish with a dash of horseradish (or more!), you should enter this top-notch competition. The winner will not only be labeled the "head horseradish honcho" but get to take home a $100 gift certificate furnished by Hush Bistro where he/she gets to dine with dishes created by two-time Food Network Chopped Champion, Chef Marc Anthony Bynum.

"We're super excited to once again be hosting these two contests at the North Fork Horseradish Festival," said Event Manager Kristyn Dolan of Starfish Junction Productions. "Last year, the contests were a huge hit and attendees gathered in crowds to watch who would be crowned the winners. We learned that a little ingredient called bacon was a judge-pleaser since it was included in both the winning bloody and recipe dish. We can't wait to see what the contestants will bring this year!"

New this year - festival organizers have introduced the Root Lugging Contest which was designed to be done in pairs. This contest tests the contestant's physical ability while also giving contestants the chance to see what horseradish farmers do in a typical harvest. Teams of two will each be given one minute to stuff as many horseradish roots into a sack as they can and carry the roots across the finish line. This contest requires teams to manage time and strength.

With contests, tastings, demonstrations, seminars, and live music performed by Eastbound Freight bluegrass, the North Fork Horseradish Festival will definitely be turning up the heat this spring and is sure to be a fun day for the whole family. To enter any of the contests, please visit the "Contests" page of the website under "What's Happening" to obtain an entry form to complete and submit. Tickets for the festival can also be purchased on the website for $20, children 12 and under are free to attend.

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