HELENA-WEST HELENA, ARK – The Delta Cultural Center’s Beans, Greens & Cornbread Cook-Off continues to grow. Judged too large to continue in the DCC’s Miller Education Annex at 223 Cherry St. after a large crowd filled the space in 2017, the event welcomed another capacity group of cooks and tasters to the second annual competition on Saturday to the American Legion Hut at 406 Porter St. in historic downtown Helena-West Helena.

“We are so pleased with the growth of this distinctly Delta event which honors the wonderful food cultures of the region,” said Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst. “Our love of good food, fun and fellowship is something to celebrate.”

Celebrity judges chose winners in the categories of a variety of beans, leafy greens, and cornbread offerings; members of the large audiences sampled from dishes throughout the room and selected one audience favorite winner in addition to the judges’ choices.

 Mary N. Thompson was named as both the 2018 Beans Award winner, as well as being selected by the judges as winner of the Greens Award for 2018 as well.

 David Taylor was selected for the Cornbread Award for 2018.

 Rosie Moss was presented with the highly-coveted 2018 Audience Award.

All winners in the 2018 competition are residents of the Helena-West Helena area.

“The reaction of both the cooks and the audience to Beans, Greens & Cornbread has been overwhelming,” said DCC Director Kyle Miller. “We have been so pleased to bring such a popular event to the calendar, offering some needed warm and good food to this chilly season. Our hopes for 2019 are to refine our presentations, spread the word far and near, and continue to offer a cook-off in which we can all take pride and enjoy.”

Gallery hours at the DCC Visitors Center at 141 Cherry Street and the nearby DCC Depot at 95 Missouri Street are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. “King Biscuit Time,” the nation’s longest-running blues radio program, is hosted each weekday at the DCC Visitor’s Center by “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. “Delta Sounds,” hosted by DCC Assistant Director Thomas Jacques and Payne, is broadcast each Friday from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, interested persons can call the DCC at (870)-338-4350 or toll free at (800)-358-0972 or visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.

Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all eight agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage -- to preserve and promote Arkansas heritage as a source of pride. Other agencies include Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Old State House Museum, Arkansas State Archives, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Arts Council, and the Natural Heritage Commission.