The first annual Sauce Off is slated for noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event, hosted by Jamestown Now and the Jamestown Renaissance Center, will be held at the Winter Garden Plaza on North Main Street in Jamestown and is free and open to the public.
According to Heather Felton, Jamestown Now member, the event will be a family affair that guests of any age will enjoy.
"It's a great family event," said Felton. "There is going to be music and stuff for the kids to do. And, it's free to the general public because we want it to be fun for the whole family and not cost you a fortune."
Guests will have the opportunity to taste each submitted recipe and vote on their favorite. The fan favorite that receives the most votes will earn the title of second prize.
"We're still working on the prizes," said Felton. "But, there will be trophies for the first-place winners and the fan favorite will get something a little different than a trophy."
The first prize will be given to the favorite of a panel of judges including: Peachy from the "Peachy and Elaine Cooking Show," plus local chefs Todd Singleton, Andy Palermo and Mary McKusker from The Pub.
"We wanted judges that everybody knew and who were recognized as being in the culinary arts," said Felton. "Peachy has been known for years for cooking with Quality Markets."
The cut-off date for recipe submissions has already passed. Recipes were accepted from individuals, families and businesses. Only red sauces will be featured at the event. They will include both meat and vegetarian options. The recipes won't be revealed, but those with food allergies will be informed as to what they are eating.
"There will be a first place prize for both a meat sauce and a vegetarian sauce," said Felton. "We brainstormed about doing other types of sauce; but Jamestown really loves their red sauce, so we thought that's exactly where we should hit people."
The Sauce Off is Jamestown Now's first event for the year. Three more events are currently in the works for later this year.
"We're really excited about this, and we're hoping that this turns into an event that is done every year," said Felton.
Help and donations have been received from local businesses including: the DJDC, The Wine Cellar and Forte.
For more information visit facebook.com/JamestownNow, email JamestownNow@gmail.com or call 483-5772.