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& Celery Cook-Off
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- 18th Annual Citrus & Celery Cook-Off
Sat., March 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.(at the
18th Annual Taste of Oviedo street festival)
- Oviedo Mall
- Because it's awesome to cook
and eat things that can grow in Oviedo's
- Sign up to be a cook
or a judge
Citrus and Celery Cook-off is an Oviedo tradition that is
as old as Taste of Oviedo. In fact, the Chamber of Commerce
invented the concept, though the Cook-off has taken on a life
of its own since its humble beginnings.
a decade, Citizens Bank of Florida sponsored the event. Then,
in 2009, The Oviedo Preservation Project (TOPP) got involved
to help celebrate the Cook-Off's 15th year of identifying
Oviedo's best chefs.
features up to forty dishes in two divisions, Citrus and Celery.
The recipes are judged mainly for taste, but also for creativity
and plating. Four judges comprise 80% of the cook's score,
and the remaining 20% is based on the collective opinion of
50 judges from the community who sample all of the dishes
in a division.
Citrus and Celery?
1880's, citrus was the principal crop grown in Oviedo. Unfortunately,
growers were at the mercy of the weather. A sudden freeze
could wipe out a crop and even destroy the trees.
experienced their first freeze damage in 1886 and an entire
citrus crop was ruined. Luckily, though the fruit that year
was lost, the trees survived and produced bumper crops in
the years following. The sweet aroma of orange blossoms grew
stronger as the small groves thrived and expanded
the deep freeze in the winter of 1895. Oviedo citrus farmers
were devastated when the mercury dropped into the teens and
their groves were again destroyed.
celery was planted in Oviedo's Lake Jessup area following
the catastrophic freeze of 1895. With the citrus growers out
of business, farmers realized they needed to find another
agricultural base; one that would thrive in the rich, mucky
topsoil. Celery grew well in these conditions and became Oviedo's
primary crop, shipped to all parts of the country.
the uncertain climate, many growers tenaciously replanted
their citrus groves. The popular Temple Orange was developed
in Oviedo in the early 1900's. During World War II, the citrus
and celery industry in Oviedo flourished and contributed to