Ayesha Awan of Fords, New Jersey, received over 1,000 votes, the most received of all contestants, for her Blueberry Slush Smoothie recipe. “I’m so excited to have won,” says Awan. “This is the first contest I’ve ever entered. As a mother of a young child, I love experimenting with healthy foods to create smoothies and juices that my son will enjoy.”
Rebecca Brooks of Atlanta, Georgia received the second highest number of votes, earning a Sweet Georgia Blues Prize Basket, including Georgia Blueberry jam, an autographed cookbook and more, for her Georgia Blueberry Salsa recipe. With more than 700 votes, Deborah Puette of Lilburn, Georgia won third prize, an autographed copy of Chef Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn in the South Cookbook, for her Blueberry Lemon Cream Pie recipe.
“We are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response to the recipe contest,” says Joe Cornelius, chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commission. “We’ve had consumers from across the United States become familiar with Georgia Blueberries and love them for their sweetness.”
The first-ever recipe contest was held in celebration of Georgia Blueberry Month throughout the month of June. Georgia Blueberry fans around the United States were invited to create and photograph an original recipe using Georgia Blueberries. Submissions were posted on the Georgia Blueberry Commission’s website and Facebook page for voting.
As a result of the recipe contest, Likes of the Georgia Blueberry Commission’s Facebook page increased by 1,800. The Commission will also highlight many of the contest recipes on its website, www.GeorgiaBlueberry.com.