Peach Taste-Off

The Niagara County Peach Festival “Taste Off” recipe contest will be held on Thursday September 9th at 5:30 PM on the stage at Academy Park in Lewiston. The 2021 “Taste Off” is sponsored by the the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara Gazette and Niagara Frontier Publications.

This year there will be three divisions for entries which include Food Enthusiast, Culinary Student and a new Children category.

Judges for the 2021 “Taste Off” will be Webster Bistro Manager Mark Mistriner, Dana DeFazio and Scott Beahen Director of Food Service Operations at Niagara University.

There will also be a peach shortcake eating contest on the Academy Park stage featuring local media and dignitaries prior to the announcement of the 2021 recipe winners.

Original recipes must include fresh peaches and be prepared from scratch. The use of pre-made products may result in disqualification. Recipes must be legible and submitted on an 8.5” by 11” white sheet of paper with all ingredients fully listed. The recipe must also include how many portions it can serve.

The entry must include name, address and phone number at the bottom of the paper and be mailed no later than August 26th to Barbara Walck, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn NY, 14132. Employees of NCCC, the Greater Niagara Newspapers and Niagara Frontier Publications and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries are limited to one per person.


Food Enthusiast- Whether you are a Home baker or pastry enthusiast this category is for you. Individuals sixteen years or older are invited to enter their secret Peach recipe in this year’s Peach Festival “Taste Off” for a chance to be selected as a finalist and to appear on the Main Stage to prepare your entry live for the judges.

Culinary Student- All up and coming aspiring pastry chefs from the western New York culinary programs are encouraged to enter this category. Enter your very favorite peach dessert recipe for a chance to show off your emerging talents to the world and a chance to make your creation live on stage for the “Taste Off” judges.

Children- This is a new category for children from eight to thirteen years of age who love to bake. Create your own Peach dessert for a chance to be a finalist on stage at 5:30 PM on Thursday September 9th.

For further information contact Jerry Wolfgang at 754-7745 or e-mail at[email protected].

 The 2021 Niagara County Peach Festival will be held September 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th at Academy Park on Center Street in Lewiston. Sponsors for this year’s Festival are the Kiwanis of Lewiston, Modern Disposal, WGRZ-TV and 97 Rock. More information can be found at