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MAC Awards 2016 Apple Recipe Contest Winners

Winners announced for Zehnder’s Snowfest Apple Recipe Contest

LANSING, Mich. — Congratulations to the 2016 Michigan Apple Recipe Contest winners who competed at Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth, Mich. on January 27. Each year, MAC sponsors the event at Zehnder’s, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. 

First, second and third place winners were awarded in each category, which included desserts, pastas, and sandwiches. Carol Socier of Bay City, Mich., won the Grand Prize, a trip to Kissimmee, Fla. and entry in the World Food Championships, with her dessert, “Caramel Apple Brandy Cake.” 
“The recipe contest allows us, and these talented amateur cooks and bakers to showcase the versatility of Michigan Apples,” said Diane Smith, Executive Director of MAC. “This is the third year the Grand Prize Winner will receive entry in the World Food Championships, which has definitely added some excitement to the contest.” 

Socier took home first place in the dessert category, followed by Kim Landhuis of Dewitt, Mich., in second place, and Linda Schmidt of Kawkawlin, Mich., in third place. 

In the sandwich category, first place was awarded to Brenda Washnock of Negaunee, Mich. Second place went to Patti Rizzio of Marquette, Mich., and third place went to Caressa Trice of Saginaw, Mich. 

Rizzio also placed first in the pasta category, followed by Lois Spruyette of Richmond, Mich.  in second place and Washnock in third place.

This year, first place winners received $100, a Kitchen Aid Mixer, 40 pounds of Pioneer Sugar, 30 pounds of Nightingale Pastry Flour, two tickets to a Zehnder’s dinner show of their choice, and a Michigan Apple gift basket. 

Second place winners received $100, 20 pounds of Pioneer Sugar, 20 pounds of Nightingale Pastry Flour, dinner for four to Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, and a Michigan Apple gift basket. First and second place winners advanced to the Grand Prize Competition. 

In addition, third place winners received $50, 10 pounds of Pioneer Sugar, 10 pounds of Nightingale Pastry Flour, dinner for two to Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, and a Michigan Apple gift basket.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.