Southwest Virginia Fresh calling for baked good entries


Enter your favorite family breads and baked sweets in the Southwest Virginia Fresh’s third annual Blossom & Grow Fest Baking Contest. There are three categories: Yeast Breads including bread, rolls and loaves, all made with yeast; Cakes including cakes, muffins and sweet loaves, all made without yeast; and Cookies including cookies, brownies and bars.

“The baked goods contest has been a hit with bakers and the public,” said Southwest Virginia Fresh Board member Janie Hurd Akers. “Bakers can showcase their baking abilities and maybe win free groceries, and the public gets the best part, eating a sample of each tasty entry before they vote for their favorite in each category.”

The baking contest is free to enter, but a dollar donation would be appreciated. Festival attendees will taste entries and vote for their favorite from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The winner of each category receives $20 in free groceries. Preregistration of entries is appreciated. Entrees should be brought to the Draper Mercantile from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

If you are interested in registering for the baking contest or for details about the festival, call 540-980-3094 and ask for Southwest Virginia Fresh or email

The Blossom & Grow Festival will take place at  the Draper Mercantile from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a variety of activities.

Southwest Virginia Fresh, formerly Pulaski Fresh, is a regional, all-volunteer service organization working to bring farmers and local foods producers together with consumers throughout Southwest Virginia.



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