27th Pasta Cook-Off Signals Arrival of Italian Heritage Festival

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The 27th Italian Heritage Festival pasta cook-off is fast approaching, signifying the arrival of one of Clarksburg’s most exciting weekends.

Jenna Robey, a committee member for the pasta cook-off and a member of the IHF board, said they are expecting at least seven teams to compete for a variety of prizes.

“We have the best red sauce, the best white sauce, people’s choice, and the best overall,” she said during the MetroNews-affiliated “The Mike Queen Show” on the AJR News Network.

The judges will determine three of the categories, but people will get to vote for their own winner as well.

There will also be prizes awarded for wines and canned peppers.

“There’s a wine and canned pepper contest,” Robey said. “You can bring your homemade wines even up to the day of the pasta cook-off, and they’ll be judged that day. And the canned pepper contest will also be judged that day, but the cut-off for accepting those entries is the end of the day today.”

Cooking begins at eight in the morning, but those hoping to sample the goods can show up at noon.

“They can come before noon and purchase their bag,” she said. “Five dollars for a bag and that includes a bowl and a fork and your people’s choice ballot.”

The Italian Heritage Festival will be held the first weekend in September.