Canning competition set Aug. 27 at market

The Red Stick Farmers Market will hold its first canning competition on Aug. 27 and home cooks have until noon Aug. 20 to enter, market spokeswoman Darlene Adams Rowland said.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the Jarden Home Brands “Discover You Can” summer canning education program.

Home cooks are invited to enter their favorite pickle, preserves, canned vegetables or fruits, jams or jellies in the contest, which will be judged by experts in the home-canning field on general appearance, color, texture and flavor.

All entries must be displayed in clear Ball canning jars. There is no limit to the number of entries, and a contest form must be submitted for each entry.

All jars must be sealed with self-sealing lids and include rings. No wax is allowed.

All entries must have a label attached stating the name of the product, date of processing (must be within 12 months of the competition) and contestant’s phone number. Do not put name on label.

Turn entries in at the hospitality booth of the Red Stick Farmers Market, 7249 Perkins Road, from 8 a.m. to noon today, or at the market held 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in downtown Baton Rouge on Fifth Street between Main and North streets.

Winners will be announced at the Pickling Party on Aug. 27. The entry form and complete contest rules can be found at

The Red Stick Farmers Market is a project of the Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance. For more information on the markets, contact BREADA at (225) 267-5060.

Wanda Calkins plans two cooking classes

BD Kitchen Co,, 7350 Jefferson Highway, Suite 490, in Towne Center, has scheduled cooking classes by chef Wanda Calkins on tailgating dishes and roux-based soups.

A three-night cooking class featuring tailgating dishes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22-24.

The menu includes grilled pizza, prosciutto-wrapped andouille on a stick, meat pies on the grill, cheese balls and stuffed burgers. Cost for all three nights is $180.

Also from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Calkins will offer a class on “The True Meaning of Roux.”

The menu includes Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, Seafood Gumbo With Okra, Seafood Gumbo Filé and Turtle Soup.

Cost is $50.

For more information, call (225) 929-6070.