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Hoppin’ John Cook-Off

September 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Show off your culinary talents! You could leave the festival with a prize and ribbon whether you are a musician or not. The cook-off is a play on the event’s name because most everyone knows a tasty version of the dish. Folks will line up to taste what’s been cooking in the pot, and yours could be the favorite! Click HERE to register!

First place winner will receive $50 & the Golden Skillet, second place – $35, Third place – $25

Cooking will commence at 11am on Saturday, September 14. Contestants must register at the cookoff pavilion and begin cooking no later than 3:00, and serving/judging will begin at 5:30 pm

Judging will be by people’s choice. All who wish to sample the competing hoppin’ john entries will make a donation of $3 (tickets to enter Hopping Johns Fiddler Convention event must be purchased also) for a ballot and a spoon. Samples of each hoppin’ john entry will be served in individual cups or bowls, provided by the festival. Upon sampling all of the entries, tasters will mark their ballots.

Hoppin‘ John is to be prepared on-site in the designated cooking area. One minor exception is that contestants using dry beans may soak them at home.

To qualify as Hoppin’ John, all dishes entered must contain black-eyed peas. Beyond that, you are encouraged to be creative with other ingredients and seasonings. While hoppin’ john traditionally contains pork, vegetarian variations are welcome.

A minimum of six quarts of hoppin’ john per entry is needed for judging. Make more at your own discretion… if you run out, you’ve lost potential votes!

Contestants bring their own ingredients and cookware (pots and pans, cutting boards, knives, spoons, spatulas, etc.) Let us know if you’re missing something, though, we can probably help out.

Contestants should also supply their own heat (propane camp stoves, butane burners, etc.) If you need a heat source, check in the pavilion early Saturday morning; we have additional stoves available.

As always, cook-off contestants receive FREE SATURDAY ADMISSION. Once you have registered at the cook-off pavilion on Saturday and set up your cooking table, just walk over to the ticket booth for a refund on your admission ticket ($14. Does not include camping price).

The Cook-Off is dedicated in memory of Charles Murphy and Jasen Morin. 30124503775_dd81d90834_m


September 14, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Shakori Hills
(919) 542-1746


Shakori Hills
1439 Henderson Tanyard Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312 United States
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(919) 542-1746

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