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Calling all Cooks - Maple Dessert Contest set for April 17

ELIZABETHTOWN--The days are warming, the nights are cool and the sap is flowing. Maple syrup is the first agricultural product of the year in the North Country and so it's time to think about sweet maple desserts.

The Adirondack History Center Museum will hold its Maple Sugar Festival on Saturday April 17 from 9 am - 1 pm. Part of the Festival includes a Maple Dessert Contest for kids, youth and adults. Entries will be judged by a panel of five locals with expertise in the production and consumption of fine foods.

Entries must be made with real maple syrup, preferably New York made. Grade B Amber is suggested for its great maple flavor. Entries will be judged on taste, texture, quality, presentation and serve-ability. The winning creation will be featured for a week at the Deer's Head Inn.

So dust off your grandmother's recipe or create a new sweet treat. Think bars, cakes, crepes, crisps, custards, fools, parfaits, pies, tarts and more. Simple or elegant, this is the time of year for maple.

To enter, bring your creation to the Adirondack History Center Museum - top of the hill - in Elizabethtown - by 11 AM on Saturday the 17th. Volunteers will fill out your entry form and judging will start at noon. If refrigeration is necessary, please bring the entry in a cooler.

For more information, call the Adirondack History Center Museum at 873-6466 or email echs@adkhistorycenter.org. The museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

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