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LORETO - "Loreto Fest 2010" Cooking Competition Registration

Loreto Fest 2010 "By the Sea" April 30 - May 2nd

The Loreto Bay National Park is hosting a cooking competition, "Flavors of the Sea" as part of the April 17th Festival "Loretanos, for a Sea Full of Life!"  Join us in celebrating the richness of the marine products available in our park, and the importance of using them sustainably.

1.       PARTICIPATION:  anyone residing within the municipality of Loreto is invited to participate.  Professional chefs are welcome to participate and promote their best recipes, however they will not be eligible to participate in the competition.
2.       REGISTRATION: pre-registration is required in the central park office on Calle Victoriano Arnes between Pedro de Ugarte and Julian de Mallorga, or by calling Perla Lozano at the same office at 135-0477.  (For assistance in English, call or email Cynthia Mayoral, 613-111-0510.)
3.       THEME:  Celebrate the richness of the marine products available in our park.  Each entry should include, in some way, chocolata clam, either as the principal, or a secondary ingredient.  All marine products used must be legally obtained.
4.       PRESENTATION:  The food will be presented at the "Loretanos por un mar lleno de vida" Festival at the dock/marina on the malec√≥n, Saturday, April 17th, from 10am – 2pm.  Each dish should serve small portions for a minimum of 10 people to sample.
5.       PRIZES: First prize is $1000 pesos plus a surprise gift, second prize is $750 pesos plus a surprise gift, third and fourth prizes are surprise kitchen appliances.  And, of course, everyone wins by celebrating the importance of enjoying and caring for our marine resources.
6.       JUDGES:  The panel of judges is comprised of local chefs
7.       CRITERIA FOR JUDGING:  dishes will be judged based on flavor, presentation and originality
8.       AWARDS:  awards will be announced and prizes given at the closing ceremony at 2:00pm
9.       LOGISTICS:  Loreto Bay National Park is responsible for all of the logistics of the event (tables, chairs, napkins, etc.)  If anyone wants to add their own touch to the presentation, they are more than welcome.
Submitted by:  Cynthia Mayoral