Sunday, February 4, 2018

2018 Snow Bake-Off Baking Contest Results

1st Place Yeast Breads Cinnamon Rolls

The third annual Snow Bake-Off Baking Contest and Bake Sale held Saturday, January 27 at the Whitefish Township Community Center in Paradise Michigan was a feature of the Paradise Winter Carnival.  Contest Director, Dianne Clark, stated that attendance was down this year, but the quality of the entries remained high. The Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce coordinates a series of events the last weekend in January to thwart cabin fever.  Aside from the baking contest, events include a guided snow show hike sponsored by North Country Trail, Hiawatha-Shore-to-Shore Chapter, a pancake & sausage breakfast, winter swap meet, Vintage Snowmobile Show, Snow Sculpture Contest, and Snowshoe Race sponsored by the Tahquamenon Country Pathways Association.

Judge Chef Noah Hogue Sponsored by Camp 33

Baking contestants were asked to bring their entry to the community center between 8 – 10 AM on Saturday.  The 2018 judge was Chef Noah Hogue sponsored by Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub at Camp 33, located at the Tahquamenon Upper Falls.  Judging proceeded at 10:30 AM; a number of community members observed the judging process as they enjoyed the Pancake & Sausage breakfast hosted by the Whitefish Township Emergency Medical Services team.  At noon the bake sale opened; sales from the bake sale cover the costs for prizes and ribbons.

Randy Weighman, Paradise, Adult Yeast Breads

In the Yeast Bread Adult Division, Randy Weighman, Paradise, took first place with his Cinnamon Rolls, and Penny Clark, Eckerman, took 2nd place with Sticky Buns.

Sarah Wilde, Paradise, 1st, Adult Cookie
Isaac Holden, Paradise, Youth Quick Bread
Sarah Wilde, Paradise, defended her Adult Cookie Division title with Lemon Spritz Cookies.  Cheryl Humphrey, Eckerman, took first place in the Adult Quick Bread Division with her Lemon Bread. 
In the Youth Division, Quick Breads, Isaac Holden, Paradise, took 1st Place with his Cinni-Minis while his brother, Caleb Holden also of Paradise, took 2nd place with his Banana Oatmeal Bread. Baking Contest Director, Clark, remarked that the Banana Oatmeal Bread was the first item sold in the bake sale. 

Caleb Holden, Paradise, Youth Quick Bread

For the 2019 baking contest, contest volunteers are considering alternative divisions such as cakes and cupcakes.  All members in the area communities are encouraged to practice their baking skills this winter and then submit their entry in 2019.

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