On February 22, 2012, America will celebrate the 280th birthday of George Washington. Always closely associated with Washington is his connection to one of America’s Super-Fruits, Tart Cherries. The legendary tale of a young Washington chopping down his father’s cherry tree and subsequently being compelled to tell him the truth about it, is perhaps, just a fabled story to illustrate his endearing honesty. However, George Washington’s love for Cherries and his historical link to them has never been doubted.
Wisconsin shares a deep connection with Cherries as well. For years, the State’s picturesque Eastern peninsula, Door County, has produced some of the tastiest cherry crops the world has ever known. The unique weather patterns and rich soil has made Door County a true “Cherry Land”.
To celebrate Washington’s birthday and Wisconsin’s Cherry Industry, Cherryland’s Best of Appleton and MKEfoodies are collaborating to sponsor the first “Great Wisconsin Cherry Recipe Contest”. Entries for the contest will be accepted until midnight, February 15, 2012. Five finalists will then be chosen to compete for the top prize of $100.00 cash and $100.00 in Cherry products from Cherryland’s Best, a company specializing in Dried Cherries and Tart Cherry Juices and a member of the Wisconsin Cherry Grower’s Association.
“We wanted to do something unique to celebrate George Washington’s birthday and celebrate Wisconsin’s deep cherry history as well.” said Greg Sampson, Midwest Sales Manager at Cherryland’s Best. “We made a great friendship this summer with the folks at the MKEfoodies Group and felt that working with them for this event would be a lot of fun for us both.”
Paul and Lori Fredrich, co-founders of the group, were anxious to throw their support behind it. "It will be a great challenge for local food lovers," Lori said, "Door County cherries are delicious, and it's always easier to develop a recipe when you start off with such a high quality product!"
The five finalists will have their recipe made by a local Wisconsin chef and a panel of local food enthusiasts will judge the winner. The winning dish will be announced at the MKEfoodies event event at The Iron Horse Hotel on February 21, 2012 (watch MKEfoodies.com for details). Entrants do NOT need to be present to win.
Recipes will be judged on their use of Door County Cherries, taste, creativity, uniqueness and their “Wisconsiny spirit” said Sampson. “We know that our State produces some of the finest vegetables, meat and dairy products, so anyone who can incorporate some of those into their creation, will definitely get a great shot at qualifying for the finals.”
Recipes can be submitted via email; recipes@CherryLandsBest.com. All other inquiries, call Greg Sampson @ (920) 707 0797