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MAC Awards 2017 Apple Recipe Contest Winners

Winners announced for Zehnder’s Snowfest Apple Recipe Contest

LANSING, Mich. — Congratulations to the 2017 Michigan Apple Recipe Contest winners! The competition was held on Jan. 25 at Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth. This is the 12th year the Michigan Apple Committee has sponsored the event. 

First, second and third place winners were awarded in each category, which included desserts, pastas and sandwiches. Pam Hornbacher-Retzler of Caro won the Grand Prize, a trip to Orange Beach, Alabama and entry in the World Food Championships, with her dessert, ‘Apple Peach Blueberry Crisp’.

“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 fourth year the grand prize winner will receive entry in the World Food Championships, which has definitely added some excitement to the contest.” 

Hornbacher-Retzler took home first place in the dessert category, followed by Donna Bardocz of Howell, in second place and Lois Spruytte of Richmond, in third place. 

In the sandwich category, first place was awarded to Revee Kraszewski of Lapeer, second place went to Patti Rizzio of Marquette and third place went to Brenda Washnock of Negaunee. 

Linda Schmidt of Kawkawlin placed first in the pasta category, followed by Brian Nance of Ferndale, in second place and Marta Dmytrenko of Novi, 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.