The Citrus & Celery Cook-Off

The Oviedo Preservation Project’s Citrus & Celery Cook-Off features up to 32 home-cooked dishes in two divisions, Citrus and Celery. The recipes are judged for taste, creativity and plating.

Why Citrus & Celery?

Citrus & Celery are what put Oviedo on the map. In fact, in the 1940’s, Oviedo was the Celery Capital of the World! These two crops are the reason why train tracks were run to Oviedo, and they jump-started the town’s economic prosperity.

What is The Citrus & Celery Cook-Off?

The Oviedo Preservation Project (TOPP) organizes the Cook-Off with help from Oviedo-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. Duda Farm Fresh Foods grows and distributes produce across the country. Duda’s agricultural division, Duda Ranches, operates the sod fields on either side of Mitchell Hammock Road.

Help Us Pick a Winner!

We need 100 people from the community to help determine this year’s People’s Choice winner. Judging occurs from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Tasting Tickets are available for $5 at the Cook-Off tent as soon as Taste opens. Being a judge guarantees you a sample of every dish in either the citrus OR celery division. A donation of $12 gets you both a Tasting Ticket and an official Citrus & Celery T-shirt made in the USA and printed in Oviedo).

Where Is It?

The Cook-Off tent is located in the middle of Taste of Oviedo, which is held in the west parking lot of the Oviedo Mall. The Cook-Off is at the end of the row at the place that is farthest away from the mall (near the restaurants). The tent is closer to Chamberlain’s than the movie theater.


To view menus, recipes, judges and to learn how to register for the event:

Click Here visit the Citrus & Celery Cook-Off Website!
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