Central Market is hosting its first apple fest this week. Renee Studebaker / Austin American-Statesman

Taking a cue from its other popular in-store festivities, Central Market is debuting an apple-centric promotion that includes an apple recipe contest. “The Great Apple Harvest” will take place at both Austin locations of Central Market through Oct. 4 and will feature more than two dozen varieties of apples for sale, as well as apple cooking classes, apple and cider tastings and specialty products available for sale.

Home cooks can submit their best apple recipes for the store’s inaugural apple recipe contest, which has a $500 Central Market gift card as a prize. (Each store will have a winner.) Each participant can submit up to five recipes, and they can be sweet, savory, desserts, beverages, breakfasts, side dishes, mains, appetizers or anything else you might come up with. The deadline to submit your recipe is the end of the day Oct. 4. You can enter and find out more about all the apple-related events at centralmarket.com.