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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Ohio State Fair, 2013


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance



Ohio State Fair

August 3, 2013


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%


Premiums sponsored in partnership with Feedstuffs FoodLink.com





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




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Pampered Chef is sponsoring additional prizes for our winners:


First place: Food Chopper

Second place: Stainless Steel Silicone Whisk

Third place: Spoon Rest


Competition was conducted on August 3rd, these are the results:



First Prize:

Grandma Meister's Laundry Day Chicken Soup

Karen Haldeman, Cincinnati, Ohio





Second Prize:

Maw-Maw's Hamburger Crunch

Catherine L Blackwood, Columbus, Ohio


(Image by Catherine Lambrecht)



Third Prize:



Gramma Hawaii's Mele Kalikirnaka Fruit Cake Cups

Nancy Radke, Gahanna, Ohio


(Image by Catherine Lambrecht)