LOUISBURG — The fourth annual Local Food Roast Plate Sale will be Sept. 6. The event will be at the Farmers Market Shelter at Shannon Village, from 11 a.m. until sold out. It will feature cooking demonstrations by local chef Barry Barker.
Plates will be on sale that day and tickets are on sale now.
Sponsored through the Franklin County Extension Service, it is the kick-off event for the 2013-14 United Way of Franklin County campaign.
Franklin Regional Medical Center will have nutrition information that ties in with local foods and free blood pressure checks.
The plates will feature roast beef with barbecue sauce prepared by Cook Shack Catering, locally grown green beans, sweet potatoes and desserts. There will also be hush puppies from a local corn mill.
Also, the Kiss-A-Pig contest returns this year. Local youth, ages 3-15, write a short essay about why a person of his or her choice should kiss a pig. The top three winners get their wish come true in a 4 p.m. smooch fest with a piglet from Mae Farm.
Plates are $8 each. Patrons can eat-in at tables and receive a beverage or just drive up and get plates. Tickets will be available at the extension office, Farm Bureau and United Way board of director members.
There will be drawings for prizes throughout the day, including UWFC items, concert series tickets from Louisburg College and perks from local businesses.
“This is the United Way campaign kick-off event, but it will be much more in celebrating our local foods and putting a focus on nutrition and also the need for us to step up and fight against local hunger. It all ties in together,” UWFC Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said.
To participate in the Kiss-A-Pig contest, children can write to UWFC and respond to: “Why my _________ should Kiss A Pig.”
There are three prizes of $50 each to the top three answers, and the person who is named will be brought to the Farmers Market to kiss the porker.