People take photos with Gov. Larry Hogan while at the Buy Local Cookout in 2016.
People take photos with Gov. Larry Hogan while at the Buy Local Cookout in 2016. (BSMG file)

Gov. Larry Hogan has invited chefs using Maryland ingredients to submit original recipes for the 2018 Buy Local Cookout. The annual event will be held July 19 at the Government House in Annapolis.

“Maryland is home to a diverse, vibrant agriculture and seafood industry that provides us with a wide variety of fresh, nutritious options,” said Hogan in a prepared statement.


“The Buy Local Cookout and Buy Local Challenge are a great way to celebrate all that our state has to offer. I always look forward to seeing new dishes at the cookout each year, and I encourage all of our chefs and producers to submit their best Maryland-made recipes for consideration.”

According to a Maryland Department of Agriculture news release, recipes must be submitted by May 18 and include products from at least one Maryland farmer, waterman or other producer. Chefs are encouraged to submit simple but creative recipes that showcase ways the average Maryland family can prepare delicious, nutritious meals with locally produced food at home.

The lobbyists in Annapolis are lining up to host parties, receptions and a “backyard BBQ” for state lawmakers and government officials to celebrate the Maryland General Assembly’s last day of the 2018 legislative session Monday. 

The cookout promotes the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week (July 21-29), during which all Marylanders are encouraged to eat at least one local product each day of the week, according to the release.

Culinary high school and college teams are encouraged to submit recipes. Student teams submitting blue catfish recipes may be eligible to receive a donation of blue catfish from Chester River Clam Company if they are selected to participate in the Governor’s cookout (limited to one high school and one college team), according to the release.

According to the release, recipes will be chosen in each of the following categories: appetizer, main dish, side dish or salad, and dessert. Original recipes will be selected based on simplicity, creativity, availability of ingredients, geographic representation and maximum use of local ingredients. Previously submitted recipes are not eligible.

Selected teams will be invited to provide, prepare and share their dish at the governor’s cookout. Chefs should note that recipes and bios of team members may be published in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Maryland Buy Local Cookout Recipes cookbook. Complete rules of entry and additional information are available at mda.maryland.gov.

For more information, contact Karen Fedor at karen.fedor@maryland.gov or 410-841-5773.