Contest: Share Your Dirty Cookbook Pages #dirtiestcookbookpage

Share Your Dirtiest Cookbook Page
For A Chance To Win
One-Of-A-Kind Grist Mill Experience

We love cookbooks, especially the kind that are passed down from person-to-person. There’s something wonderful about a well-loved, dog-eared, grease-stained cookbook. A mint-condition cookbook suggests that it’s just a status symbol, not an oft-referenced resource for culinary adventures.

Frequently, the best recipes look like they’ve survived a food fight and have notes in the margins unlocking the secret adjustments that make them perfect. And, of course, the binding is broken from being held open on a favourite recipe one-too-many times.

Real cooks have dirty cookbooks.

And cookbooks can also be so much more; for many families, the passing down of a cookbook from one generation to the next can be a significant emotional milestone, like the passing down of closely-held traditional knowledge. Once opened, the recipes inside might bring back memories of special festive gatherings, or funny reminders of epic kitchen failures, or even the warm comfort of the go-to recipe for a regular family dinner. Every well-loved cookbook has a story (or ten).

We would love to see your most abused pages in your own cookbooks and hear their stories.

How to Enter

(entries can be made via any of the methods outlined below)

  1. Take a picture of your dirtiest cookbook page(s) and post it on our Facebook Page. Be sure to share a story or two about that particular cookbook or the recipe(s) on the photographed page.
  2. Post a photo of your page on Instagram with the hashtag #DirtiestCookbookPage and tell your story in the caption. Be sure to tag us (@old_grist_mill).
  3. Tweet a photo on Twitter and include the hashtag #DirtiestCookbookPage. Be sure to tag us (@old_grist_mill).

You’re welcome to post as many photos as you’d like, but you’ll still only have one chance to win per each of the three methods listed above. A short list of the dirtiest pages / best stories submitted (as selected by our team) will be posted on April 2nd for public voting. The one with the most votes on April 9th will win the grand prize. Secondary prizes will be randomly drawn from all entries recieved on April 9, 2018.

Rules & Regulations

There are 4 prizes available in total including an Experience Package worth $400 that includes a private dinner for six in our lovely garden, a basket of Similkameen preserves from our gift shop and more. Lesser packages of event tickets and specific products from our gift shop will also be available.

The contest is open to any legal resident of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) who is at the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of entry, except current employees of the Grist Mill and Gardens or their immediate family members. The odds of being selected as a potential winner are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.

All entries considered inappropriate or offensive by the Grist Mill and Gardens will be disqualified. (Yes, we know that by asking for the “dirtiest pages”, some of you might take certain liberties… that’s not what we’re looking for, and you know it.)

Full Details
Copyright in all entries submitted for this Competition remains with the respective entrants. However, entrants agree that by submitting an entry to the competition, they grant the Grist Mill and Gardens a royalty free, perpetual irrevocable worldwide license to use and republish their entry. This includes sharing the entry through social media and publication by the Grist Mill and worldwide in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material. (To translate: we don’t want to get in trouble if we share your story with others.)

The winner will be notified by the Grist Mill and Gardens on or before April 10, 2018. The secondary winners will be selected at random from a ballot which comprises all the qualifying entries. Any winner who is not contactable or who fails to return contact within 72 hours of notification after reasonable efforts have been made to contact them will be disqualified, they thereby forfeit their right to the prize, no compensation will be given and a reserve entrant will be selected as an alternative winner.

The prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable. In the event of unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to substitute the prize package for an alternative of equal or greater value. We reserve the right to modify, delay, postpone or cancel this contest in the event of circumstances outside of its reasonable control.

This contest and its rules shall be governed by the laws of British Columbia and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of BC courts.


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