King Arthur Flour Sponsors Sweet Victory Challenge at National Maple Syrup Festival

Amateur home cooks and bakers nationwide will have an opportunity to showcase their best recipes using maple syrup at this year’s Sweet Victory Challenge, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, at the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Ind.

The competition is open to both adults (18 and over) and youths (17 and under) with original recipes in one of three categories: Savory (Main Dish), Dessert, and Breakfast. Each recipe must include both King Arthur Flour and 100% pure maple syrup.

A panel of judges will select five finalists in each division/category based on creativity, appetizing description, ease of preparation, and appropriate use of the required products. On the competition days—March 3 for the youth division, and March 10 for the adult division—local volunteers and culinary school students will prepare each dish for final judging. Finalists need not be present to win. The grand prize for each category in the adult division is a KitchenAid mixer and a customized Indiana artisan ceramic pitcher; second prize will also receive a customized pitcher. In the youth division, first prize in each category is a $250 U.S. Savings Bond; second prize is a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Each finalist will also receive a gift basket from King Arthur Flour. Each finalist will also receive a gift basket from King Arthur Flour.

All mailed and online entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern February 20, 2012. Finalists will be notified the following week. Complete rules and an online entry form are available at sweetvictorychallenge.com.

The National Maple Syrup Festival is an annual event created to celebrate maple-sugaring season and the coming of spring. Hosted each year by Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Ind., the festival includes demonstrations, entertainment, food, and maple syrup from every maple-syrup producing state in the country. Net proceeds from the Festival go to Camp About Face, an organization designed to benefit youth, ages 8-18, with craniofacial anomalies. For more information, visit nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com.

King Arthur Flour is America's oldest flour company and premier baking resource, offering ingredients, mixes, tools, recipes, educational opportunities, and inspiration to bakers worldwide. More information is available at kingarthurflour.com.