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Battle of the Beans back in September

ENCINITAS — It’s time now to plan your entry as the San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates “All Things Growing…Our Agriculture Heritage” with the sixth annual Battle of the Lima and Other Beans Cook Off, noon to 4 p.m., with food served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at 450 Quail Gardens Drive. Local chefs, both amateur and professional, can use any dry bean to create their competition dishes.

The Heritage Museum is looking for creative cooks to compete. Their challenge: make a bean dish that is so good that bean lovers will swoon, and bean haters will be forced to admit to liking it. There are five categories: soup/entrée, salad, side, appetizer and dessert. A previous winner was a chocolate lima cake, so be creative, think outside the bean pod.

To participate as a chef in either the amateur or professional divisions, register at  HYPERLINK “” or call (760) 632-9711. Contestants will be vying with other chefs in your division for cash prizes and the coveted Lima Bean Trophy.

This traditional annual fall event is free. Pre-event tickets to sample all of the Bean Cook-off entries, plus salads, are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12, available by calling the museum or at On the day of the event, tickets are $20. Music, hot dogs, root beer and a a beer booth make for a full afternoon of fun for the whole family. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.