Friday May 25, 2012 | 06:55 AM

It’s almost strawberry season. Yay!

If you've got a strawberry recipe that all your friends and family rave about, you might want to think about sharing it with the world in a recipe contest that's being sponsored by Maxwell's Strawberry Farm and the Cape Farm Alliance.

It doesn't matter if it's strawberry meatloaf (yeah, I know - gross) or a strawberry sauce, as long as the main ingredient is strawberries, you're eligible.

Oh yes, it also has to be an original recipe. No passing off Martha Stewart's strawberry shortcake as your own.

The top eight finalists will be asked to prepare their recipe for the Strawberry Festival’s Opening Night Gala June 29 at Shady Oak Farm on Fowler Road, where there will be a lobster bake and pig roast.
Winners will be announced at the Fourth Annual Cape Elizabeth Strawberry Festival June 30 at Maxwell’s Strawberry Farm on Two Lights Road. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and feature food, music, dancing, crafts, children’s activities, and information about local agriculture. Admission is free.

What's in it for you? The grand prize is a two-night stay at Inn Victoria in Chester, Vermont, including a three-course gourmet breakfast each morning at the inn and a high tea on one of the afternoons. To learn more about the inn, go to

The deadline to submit a recipe is June 7. Submit your entry by email to:, or mail it to:
Suzanne Martin-Pillsbury, Attn: Recipe Contest, 78 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.
Full contest rules are available on the Cape Farm Alliance’s website at


About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

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