Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair

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Catherine Lambrecht, family heirloom recipe judge, combines food and memories in this presentation, offering 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).

Since 2009, Catherine Lambrecht has judged Family Heirloom Recipes contests on behalf of Greater Midwest Foodways in Illinois and across the Midwest. 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 event is being produced by Lincoln 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.