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Why are foodways important?

Foodways is the study of what people eat and why. Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political influences.

 

 

Why is recognition of diverse foodways valuable?

Preserving our past and present for the future by research, documentation and oral histories. It is culinary anthropology on the hoof, paw, root and leaf.

 

 

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State Fairs

Family Heirloom Recipes Competition, 2012 

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin

 

 

 

Iowa Winners

Winners displayed at the Iowa State Fair (Image by Peter Engler)

 
Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance is dedicated to exploring, celebrating and preserving unique food traditions and their cultural contexts in the American Midwest. By hosting public events, developing archival resources and generating publications, the Alliance celebrates the distinctiveness of a region that is as varied in tastes and traditions as it is in its geography from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains.  Exploring indigenous foods like Wisconsin cranberries and Minnesota walleye, celebrating iconic flavors like the wheat and corn from across the prairies, chronicling cuisines from Native American to early European immigrants to 21st-century newcomers, or highlighting fish boils in small towns and fine dining big cities, the Alliance promotes and chronicles the diversity of the region’s culinary character.

 

Our Family Heirloom Recipe competition seeks your best made from scratch heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner.  To encourage delving deep into your family’s culinary history, please submit family recipes prior to 1950.  We look forward to learning about and tasting your treasured foods.

 
PRIZES: 1st place - $150.,  2nd place - $100.,  3rd place - $50
 
JUDGING CRITERIA
Taste  50%,  History  40%,  Appearance  10%
 
CONTEST REQUIREMENTS
• Enter your best made-from-scratch family heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner. Recipe should be from before 1950.
• Entrants must be at least 18 years of age; one entry per person.  Contestants who participated before may not resubmit previously entered recipes.
• Each entry must be replicable from the recipe submitted.  If an ingredient requires a recipe (for example, Jerry’s famous sausage), please include it.
• Every ingredient must be listed with exact measurements (no rounded teaspoons, etc.) and the type of ingredient (example: self-rising flour) must be specified. No mixes may be used, such as a cake or bread mix. Follow general proper recipe procedure, listing all steps of preparation, pan sizes, temperature and baking time.
• Entries must be typed on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper. On one page provide the recipe and contestant’s name, age at time of contest, address, phone number and email address. On a separate sheet(s) present the recipe’s history. You may include who passed the recipe down to you, ethnicity (if relevant), number of years the recipe has been in your family and any interesting information about its place in your family's traditions.  Note the history accounts for 40% of the score so be sure to do justice to your recipe’s story. Please consult
www.GreaterMidwestFoodways.com under the ‘events’ tab for examples of recipes and their histories..
• By submitting your entry, you accept official rules and agree to be bound by the judges’ decisions, which will be final. You also agree that your recipe and history narrative will become the property of Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, which reserves the right to edit, adapt, copyright, publish and use without compensation to you.
• By participating, contestants also understand and accept the right of Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance to use contestant names, photos, history narratives and recipes for publicity without compensation.
• Each winning entry will shown in a display case (18” x 18”). Your product should be displayed simply though attractively, with the use of props, such as a copy of the original recipe, photographs, placemat, napkins, glassware or flowers. 
• Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance is not responsible for lost or illegible recipes, nor is the fair.
• Taxes on prizes are the responsibility of the winner.
• Recipes from the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance website (GreaterMidwestFoodways.com) are not eligible for entry in this contest.

 

 

Illinois State Fair:

Competition: Saturday, August 13, check in: 2 - 3 pm, awards 5:15 pm
- Premium book: www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/general.pdf, page 101
- Application form, deadline is July 15th,: www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/generalentryform.pdf
- Exhibitor card, submitted with application: www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/generalexhibitorscard.pdf
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Competition: TBA, check in: 1 to 3 pm.  Judging commences at 3 pm at the Ellison Bakery Culinary Kitchen in the Culinary Arts building.
- Premium book: TBA

- Application form deadline is postmarked by July 1: “Home and Family Arts”  (link listed under “Department 114”)

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Iowa State Fair:

Competition: Sunday, August 14, judging begins at 2 pm.
- Premium book: TBA

- General rules: TBA

- Application form, deadline postmarked by July 1:

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Kansas State Fair:

Competition: Sunday, September 9th, product is dropped off from TBA.  Judging

- Creative Activities home page: TBA

- Premium book: TBA

- Online Application form, deadline is TBA

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Minnesota State Fair:

Competition: Sunday, August TBA, product is dropped off from 8 am to 11 am.  Judging is closed to the public and done in advance of the fair’s opening on August 25.
- Creative Activities home page: http://www.mnstatefair.org/competition/creative_activities.html
- Premium book: TBA

- Online Application form, deadline is TBA

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Missouri State Fair:

Competition: TBA, check in: 2 pm.
- Premium book: TBA

- Application form, deadline is TBA

- Recipe form:  http://www.mostatefair.com/Entry%20Blanks/recipe_form.pdf

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Ohio State Fair:

Competition: TBA, check-in noon – 1:00 pm, judging begins at 1:00 pm in the DiSalle Center Auditorium
- Premium book: TBA

- Application form, deadline is TBA
To apply and pay online: http://ohio.fairmanager.com/
To print out form for mail-in application: TBA

 Please DO NOT USE Ohio State Fair’s recipe form.

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Wisconsin State Fair:

Competition: Sunday, August 5, check in: 7 - 9 am, awards noon

- Premium book: TBA

- Application form, deadline TBA

- Exhibitor card, submitted with application: TBA

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