Making New Year’s plans? Time to enter the black-eyed pea cook-off in Hye

We haven’t yet had any Christmas ham or Hanukkah latkes, but it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s plans.

William Chris Vineyard in Hye is hosting a Black-Eyed Pea Party and Cook-off on New Year’s Day. The deadline to enter the cooking contest is Dec. 26. Contributed by Miguel Lecuona

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If you’re a black-eyed pea fan, you need to know about William Chris Vineyards’ annual black-eyed pea cook-off on New Year’s Day. This event in Hye brings together people who love to cook black-eyed peas and people who love to eat them to help bring good luck into the new year. Tickets cost $25 and include samples of the entries and a New Year’s toast.

For those of you who want to enter your best Hoppin’ John, you can enter the cook-off for $50. The winner gets $500 and a case of wine, which would not be a bad way to start the year.

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Tickets, more details about the event and how to enter the cook-off are available here.

The party starts at 1 p.m. at the vineyard and will feature live music from Trace of Gold, with wine available for purchase and plenty of black-eyed peas. The deadline to enter the cook-off is Dec. 26.

Scenes from last year’s black-eyed pea event at William Chris Vineyard. Contributed by Miguel Lecuona

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