Family Heirloom Recipes at the Missouri State Fair

Since 2011, Greater Midwest Foodways has sponsored a Family Heirloom Recipe contest at the Missouri State Fair.

Our Family Heirloom Recipe competition seeks your best made from scratch heirloom recipe suitable for a family or community dinner or a family favorite nobody has written down yet. To encourage delving deep into your family’s culinary history, please submit family recipes at least 50 years old. We look forward to learning about and tasting your treasured foods.


1st place: $150, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50


History: 50%, Prepared Recipe: 40%, Appearance, Display & Recipe: 10%

Contestants may apply to the Competitions Department by July 20, 2021:

Live judging is scheduled for Saturday August 14, 2021 at 2:30 PM. All competitors histories will be read to the public.

Should this inspire people to document a family favorite recipe to share with loved ones, we have accomplished our mission.