Making the Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Dish

Not many things go together better than strawberries and Valentine’s Day, believes California Strawberry Commission. To showcase one of the most seductive, healthy and versatile fruits on the planet, it is accepting submissions for “The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Dish” Recipe Contest.

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Prizes will be awarded for dishes that best capture the essence of a romantic meal.

Winners will receive a total of $1,000 in Amazon gift cards before Valentine’s Day: First Place – $500, Second place – $350, Third Place – $150. Winning recipes will be featured on the California Strawberries website for all to enjoy.

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You can submit recipe online at the California Strawberries Recipe Submission Page by Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. Upload the recipe photo at: California Strawberries Facebook Page ( 

And be sure to include recipe name and the words “Most Romantic Recipe Contest.”

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Contest Rules:

Eligibility – Must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years and older.

Online Submission Deadline – Friday, February 4th, 2011

Prizes – $500, $350, $150 Amazon Gift Cards will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Who can enter? – Anyone who enjoys cooking and food bloggers of all levels are invited to participate.

Criteria –The dish must include fresh or frozen strawberries. It could be for any meal of the day and be categorized by main course, salad, side dish, appetizer or dessert. Additionally, it should have a romantic quality. Visual appeal, taste, creativity and ease of preparation will also be considered in the judging.

Judging – Winning recipes will be selected by the California Strawberry Commission staff. Particular consideration will be given to recipes submitted with clear and creative photos. Further attention will be given to recipe photos that receive the most comments or “likes” on the California Strawberries Facebook page.

Contestants can invite friends to “vote” for their photos.

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The California Strawberry Commission is a state government agency that represents an industry of 600 growers, shippers and processors of California strawberries.

With a focus on food safety education, Commission strategies also include production and nutrition research, trade relations, public policy and marketing communications.

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