By Blair Thomas
When Tara Guider won Best Dairy Recipe at the 2011 MooFest Dairy Contest, she’d never been to the National MooFest Dairy Festival before.
“The funny thing is, I’d always heard about MooFest but I’d just never gone,” says Guider, who lives in Etowah. “When I read about the contest online and entered, I didn’t expect to win the thing.”
The annual National MooFest in Athens aims to increase the public’s awareness about the huge role the dairy industry plays in the country’s past, present and future. Along with live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, inflatable jumpers, a petting zoo, and many other family-friendly activities, MooFest also includes a homemade ice cream contest and a dairy recipe contest.
Guider submitted several recipes to the contest judges, but it was her Sour Cream Enchiladas – a recipe passed down from her mother – that advanced her to the second round of the competition.
She made the recipe at home and delivered it to the judges, but she wouldn’t find out until the festival whether or not she’d won.
“I wasn’t too nervous because it’s a recipe I make fairly often,” Guider says. “But it was definitely a shock to hear I’d won.”
Guider says she enjoys cooking, but it is really her husband who is the cook in her family’s house.
“He’s not too adventurous in the kitchen,” Guider says, “but as long as he has the recipe, he’s willing to give it a try.”
The 2012 MooFest is May 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Athens. Along with the festival and farmers market, Mayfield Dairy Farms Inc. will offer guided plant tours so visitors can see how milk and ice cream are produced. To learn more, visit MooFest’s website, www.nationalmoofest.com.