July 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair


The South Beloit Public Library will host an Illinois Humanities Roads Scholars Speakers Bureau presentation entitled Family Heirloom Recipes From The Illinois State Fair on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom.

Since 2009, Catherine Lambrecht has judged Family Heirloom Recipes contests on behalf of Greater Midwest Foodways in Illinois as well as Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Contestants enter their best scratch family heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner. The recipe should have originated 50 years ago or earlier. Contestants bring to the fair a prepared dish along with a history of who passed the recipe down to them.

This presentation offers an opportunity to follow the judging experience with curated histories, recipes and pictures of displays presented as submitted at the Illinois State Fair (2009-2019). The prepared recipes may have been submitted simply in their transport container, or more elaborately on the family’s china with relevant props of family pictures, kitchen paraphernalia and sometimes their loved one’s handwritten recipe.

What will be highlighted are the wonderful stories collected.

  • How a contestant wanted a judge to settle a long-debated family argument, which is better: green or white asparagus soup?
  • A right of passage as a young boy’s pet pig may become his breakfast
  • A family of mushroom collectors preserves old country traditions
  • And many more

If nothing else, should we inspire you to document a family favorite recipe to share with loved ones, then we have accomplished our mission. We want to encourage the continued use of these Family Heirloom Recipes so they will live on.

This event will be via Zoom.  Please call 815-389-2495 or email DWatson@SouthBeloitLibrary.com to register.  Once you have registered, you will be emailed a link for the Zoom presentation.  This event is free and open to the public.  

This event is being produced by South Beloit Public Library in partnership with Illinois Humanities.  The Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau invites Illinois authors, artists, and educators to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout the state, enabling local nonprofit organizations to present free admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest fee.

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