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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Missouri State Fair, 2014


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance


Picnics and Family Reunions

Missouri State Fair

August 9, 2014



Winners Missouri State Fair Midwest Foodways

(Image Catherine Lambrecht)


Contestants entered their best scratch family heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner.  Recipe should originate before 1950.


Contestants brought a prepared dish along with a brief story of who passed the recipe down to them, ethnicity, if relevant, number of years the recipe has been in their family and any interesting information about their recipe.



Taste: 50%

History: 40%

Appearance: 10%



1st place - $150.,  2nd place - $100.,  3rd place - $50.



Competition was conducted on August 9th, these are the results:


First Prize:

Memorial Day Strawberry Shortcake

Megan White, Cole Camp, MO


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Second Prize:

Caramel Dumplings

Faye Hunton, Sedalia, MO


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Third Prize:

Mom's Coconut Cake

Maxine Griggs, Sedalia, MO


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Skillet Cake

Melissa Hunton, Sedalia, MO


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Mom's Turkey Dressing

Pat Finkes, Steelville, MO


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Granny Gundy "Ham" Salad

Terri Harlan, La Monte, MO


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Mamaw's Com Chowder

Harlan, La Monte, MO


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