Old-time cooking – the stories, recipes, and dishes will be featured both days at this year’s What’s Cookin’ Stage at the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival, along with a healthy dose of Dutch Oven cooking. This is the 17th year for the Cooking Stage. Aid’s Downtown Antiques are again sponsoring this event. This year’s theme is “Ozarks Comfort Food – Dutch Oven Cooking”,

The  annual Festival will be held June 3 and 4, 2022, in and around the West Plains Civic Center. The annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates the music and culture of the Ozark Highlands.  Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Attendees will find activities at the Cooking Stage (in the Brush Arbor) from 1-5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Demonstrations will include venison chili, beef stew, and blackberry cobbler…. All with samples offered at the end of the demos.

Saturday’s session will kick off with the 3rd Annual Pie Competition. This year will include three categories: 

  • fruit pies, such as apple, cherry, banana cream, key lime
  • other dessert pies, such as pecan, peanut butter, chocolate, shoofly
  • and savory pie, such as spinach, tomato, quiche. 

To enter, bring your pie to the Redbud Room at the West Plains Civic Center on Saturday June 4 between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m.  Judging by a select group of experts begins shortly after, with awards announced (and samples offered) at the Cooking Stage at 12:45.  PLEASE BE PRESENT FOR THE AWARDS!

This year’s judges include Chef Ty Bien from Ozarks Healthcare, Missouri State Representative David Evans, and West Plains councilwoman Jessica Nease.

Pies should be prepared “from scratch.”  Homemade crust is preferred, and there will be an award for best homemade crust.  Pies should be brought in non-returnable tins.

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