Culinary skills were on display in Lisbon Falls Saturday, July 11, during the Moxie Festival, but with a slightly different twist — everything whipped up in the kitchen had Moxie as an essential ingredient.
Participants in the Moxie Festival’s Recipe Contest at the MTM Center on Saturday afternoon turned out everything from Moxie pulled pork, angus beef steak tips simmering in Moxie and a Moxie bacon cheese ball.
Judges paid $10 to participate and were allowed to graze on the ultimate Moxie smorgasbord.
Contest hostess Julie-Ann Baumer was pleased with this year’s event. “We changed things around a bit this year,” said Baumer. “It was on Saturday (instead of Friday night), and we decided to move it to the MTM Center, which I think was a perfect spot for the cook-off.”
First-time participants Cindy Dickerman and her daughter Jenna Dickerman, of Northfield, Mass., cooked a Moxie buttercream cake roll and Moxie whoopie pies, respectively.
“I enjoyed talking to other contestants and finding out how they achieved their Moxie creations,” Cindy Dickerman said.
Dawn Hartill of Lewiston ended up taking the $100 prize for the savory category with the Moxie bacon-cheese ball.
“I like the hometown feel,” said Hartill when asked why she attends the Moxie Festival every year.
In the sweet dishes category, Stephanie Bernatchez took the prize with her Moxie caramel truffles.
A People’s Choice overall-winner went to Brian Lovering of New Gloucester, with his spicy Moxie-glazed grilled angus beef tips.
“It was a great day in Lisbon/Lisbon Falls for the Moxie Festival. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to win the People’s Choice!” said Lovering.
There were 20 dishes on display, including a giant Moxie sheet cake. The money collected at the door, totaling $300, was donated to the Lisbon Historical Society.
Baumer, the hostess, is already making plans for next year. “I loved seeing everyone sampling the food and chatting with the cooks. It’s amazing how creative everyone was. I can’t wait for next year!” she said.