Illinois State Fair, 2015


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance


Picnics and Family Reunions

Illinois State Fair

August 14, 2015



Chris Miller

(Image by Chris Miller)


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.



History: 50%

Taste: 40%

Appearance: 10%


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



Competition was conducted on August 14th, these are the results:


First Prize:

Bacon, Potato, Cheese Casserole

Dennis Kirby, Champaign, Illinois


Bacon Potato cheese casserole dennis kirby champaign illinois peter engler



Second Prize:

Grandma’s Beef and Noodles

Carmen Arnberger, Sherman, Illinois


beef noodles carmen arnberger sherman illinois peter engler



Third Prize:

Mother’s Day Rhubarb-Strawberry Salad

Jone Schumacher, Chapin, Illinois




Honorable Mention:

Peixe a Lumbo
African Shrimp & Rice Stew

Amy Wertheim, Atlanta, Illinois


Peixe a Lumbo African Shrimp Rice Stew Amy Wertheim Atlanta Illinois Peter Engler