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2015 Rice Expo Recipe Contest renders rice a blank canvas for the culinarily creative

By Mary Hightower

Fast facts

    • 2015 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest turns rice into blank canvas
    • Deadline for receipt of recipes is June 12
    • Winners of preliminary rounds will be notified by July 1
    • Contest held in conjunction with Arkansas Rice Expo in Stuttgart, Aug. 7

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WYNNE, Ark.  -- Think of that rice in your pantry as a blank canvas on which to create a dish that could win the 2015 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest. 

The 2014 winning recipe - Grilled Rice and Black Bean Burritos with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce. 

“This contest is an opportunity to show off your kitchen creativity and showcase a grain that’s a staple worldwide,” said Dianna Bowen, Lonoke County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Bowen chairs the rice contest committee for the Cooperative Extension Service.

The deadline for receipt of entries is June 12 and winners of the preliminary round will be notified by July 1.

The fourth annual contest will be held Friday, Aug. 7, in conjunction with the Arkansas Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.

In addition to showing off the versatility and benefits of rice, the contest is also meant to encourage safe food handling skills, advance cooking skills and showcase rice growing in Arkansas -- which is the nation’s No. 1 rice grower, Bowen said.

How to enter

Rice in any form must be the prominent ingredient in the recipe and ingredients should be easily obtained in any local grocery store.

Each contestant should submit a completed electronic entry form, and electronic copy of their recipe as well as a hard copy of the entry form and three copies of 8.5 x11 inches, typed recipe for the judges. The recipe should be in standard format including the ingredients with measurements in order of use, followed by step-by-step preparation and cooking methods.

The number of servings as well as the cost per serving should also be included.  Example: (Total cost of dish divided by number of servings = cost per serving) Mail entry forms to: Dianna Bowen, Lonoke County P O Box 357, Lonoke, AR 72086.  Electronic copies should be sent to  

Entry forms and complete contest rules may be downloaded from  or by contacting your county extension office.

Winners must be present at the awards presentation to receive prizes. Winners who fail to appear at the presentation will automatically forfeit all awards. The winner will earn $200, with $150 going to second place and $100 for third place.

The first place winner’s recipe will be highlighted in the 2016 Rice Expo Cookbook.

For more information or a complete list of the rules contact your local County Extension Office. 

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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