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Wisconsin potato recipe contest heating up

by Lora Abcarian | November 29, 2011

Consumers are vying for top honors in the first-ever Warm Up With Wisconsin Potatoes Recipe Contest.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, entrants have until Dec. 7 to submit their favorite recipes for soups and stews featuring Wisconsin potatoes.

Consumers still have an opportunity to submit their favorite recipes as part of the first-ever Warm Up With Wisconsin Potatoes Recipe Contest. The submission deadline is Dec. 7. (Photo courtesy of TMA+PERITUS)

Wisconsin is ranked third in the nation for potato production and is the top producer east of the Mississippi River. The association, headquartered in Antigo, WI, was founded in 1948 and is comprised of 140 grower members.

Tim Feit, director of promotions and consumer education, said that the contest is generating a lot of excitement. “We have had a good response,” he told The Produce News Nov. 21. “Around the holiday season, people have food on their minds.”

In the past, the association has sponsored a number of holiday recipe contests. “We always like to have a different twist,” Mr. Feit stated. Despite Wisconsin’s bitter cold winter weather, people continue to venture out and participate in a host of sports and activities. As a result, Mr. Feit said that it was a natural move for the association to promote a contest that takes the chill off when people head indoors to warm up.

Entries will be judged at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which offers academic programs to students in the field of dietetics.

“The recipes will be cooked and judged,” Mr. Feit said, adding that they will be analyzed for food preparation and taste profile. “It takes the guesswork out of it.”

Winning entries will be announced on Jan. 10, 2012. The first-prize winner will receive a $150 gift card to the individual’s favorite grocery store. The second-place winner will receive a $100 gift card, and the third-place winner will receive a $50 gift card.

Recipes can be submitted at

The association will make available free downloadable recipe tearpads of the winning first-place recipe available to retailers in January.