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					Kathryn Buckstaff
Membership Public Relations
Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
417-334-4084, ext. 340
kbuckstaff@bransoncvb.com
3-6-2009

                  Taste Of Home Culinary School Brings Spring Recipes To Branson
                          Plus Branson’s Great American Pie Show Contest
                    Deadline March 13 To Enter Branson’s Great American Pie Show Contest

BRANSON, Mo. –The world’s #1 cooking magazine along with the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce &
CVB presents Taste of Home Cooking Schools in Branson on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25.
        The Great American Pie Show contest with guest celebrity judge Al Roker of NBC’s ―Today Show‖ adds to the
excitement both days. Marketplace exhibits will offer cooking products, taste samples, prizes and more. And it’s all
happening at the Branson Convention Center.
        Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Martha Schwend says spring brings an array of special events from baby
showers to barbecues, so the theme of Branson’s Taste of Home Cooking Schools is ―Easy Breezy Spring Made Easy.‖
Taste of Home is the publisher of cooking magazines, cookbooks and hosts 300 cooking shows each year.
        The Taste of Home Cooking Schools will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and 2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 25. On Saturday, doors open at 11 a.m., and the first 100 ticket-holders will be eligible to participate as
People’s Choice judges of the Great American Pie Show at 1 p.m. prior to the Cooking School.
        From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Roker will conduct a book signing and question-and-answer session.
        Cooking School admission is $15 and includes a gift bag, cookbook and a chance to win fabulous door prizes. It
also includes admission to the Great American Pie Show and Marketplace.
        Tickets are on sale now for the Taste of Home Cooking Schools. Visit www.greatamericanpieshow.com to
purchase through Ticketmaster. Tickets also are on sale locally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the
Branson Convention Center Events Office, 200 Sycamore St., on the second floor near the Skybridge.
Pie Show Seeks Cooks
       The Great American Pie Show is a perfect fit for Branson. As far back as the 13th century, pie was considered a
good value and a festive way to honor guests. These events—and many other special events during Ozark Mountain
Spring—are expected to bring thousands of guests to town who like to eat pie, cook pie or just have fun.
       March 13 is the deadline to enter your favorite recipe for the Great American Pie Show. To read the rules and
sign up, visit www.greatamericanpieshow.com. There is no fee to enter.
       Twelve semi-finalists will be selected in four categories: fruit pie, nut pie, refrigerator/freezer pie and
pudding/cream/custard pie. On Friday, the semi-finalists will be narrowed to four finalists.
       General admission is $5 for the Great American Pie Show and Marketplace. Recognizing the special needs in
our community this year, Ozarks Food Harvest will receive a portion of the proceeds from general admission tickets
sales.
       For more information, contact Kathleen Bullock at 417-334-4084 ext. 326 or kbullock@bransoncvb.com.

Additional information about Branson, its live entertainment, theme parks, lakes, golf courses, family attractions,
shopping and other features is offered at www.explorebranson.com or 800-296-0463.