MT. VERNON —A chocolate festival will be held in December at the Elks.
The annual chocolate contest will be held during the event, with prizes featured for the best entries.
This is the third year for the event, which is a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Historical Society. The chocolate contest portion of the event is open to the public and every recipe submitted must feature chocolate in the recipe.
For the contest, each entrant may submit one entry out of the five categories available. The categories are cake, cookies, candy, brownies and heritage. If a contestant chooses to submit a recipe under the heritage category, a family story must also be submitted along with the recipe. Judging will be based on taste only, and contestants must provide a recipe for their entries. The recipe will be published in a chocolate festival cookbook after the contest.
After the judging each entry will be cut into small portions and entered into the tasting event that will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
But the sweetest part of the contest is the $250 grand prize, sponsored by the Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau, plus prizes for the top three entries in each category.
The Chocolate Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Elks lodge.
All entry forms must be received by the Historical Society by Dec.9 at 4 p.m. For more information concerning the official rules and entry forms call 246-003.
On the day of the festival, all entries must be checked into the contest between 7 and 9 a.m.
The festival will also feature a bake sale and a silent auction to help raise funds for the programs of the Jefferson County Historical Society.
Tickets are $5 and available at the Historical Village, the Tourism Office, Mt. Vernon City Hall, and from the members of the Historical Society.