For the third year, the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) challenged Americans who partake in the millennial trend of Friendsgiving to submit their most creative cranberry concoctions as part of the 2017 Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest. After receiving hundreds of “cran-tastic” pictures, the CMC is thrilled to announce eight winning entries, each earning a $500 prize.
The CMC awarded the following winners in the 2017 Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest, based on taste appeal or décor attractiveness, originality, creativity and social media presence:
- Décor: Kristen Hewitt – Cranberry Mason Jar Centerpiece
- Drink: Kate Bowler – Cranberry Entertaining Ideas
- Food: Daniela Gerson – Pecangipane Pear & Cranberry Tart
- Northeast: Patricia Harmon – Fresh Cranberry Wreath
- Central: Haley Williams – Cranberry Curd Gingersnap Tart
- Southeast: Andrea Muth – Cranberry Ice Bucket
- West: Loren Nelson – Chocolate Wine Cake with Cranberry Filling
- Southwest: Mollie Pope – Cranberry Holiday Sangria
“We were blown away by the overwhelming number of beautiful, original cranberry dishes and décor entries,” said Michelle Hogan, executive director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee. “The quality of entries continues to impress us year after year; The judges had a challenging time choosing just eight winners.”
Building on the success of the first two contests in 2015 and 2016, the CMC upped the ante in 2017 by partnering with an impressive lineup of social media celebrities including: A Taste of Koko, Apple of My Eye, Spaceships & Laser Beams, Sugar and Soul and Whitney Bond. Together, these cranberry enthusiasts inspired Friendsgiving celebrators to innovate with fresh, new cranberry recipes and décor ideas. Hundreds of creative cranberry entries were submitted across the country, with many standouts deserving honorable mentions including: cranberry soy five-spiced wings, cranberry cinnamon buns, cranberry slushes and sparklers, and darling décor items of cranberry garlands and wreaths.
“I absolutely love the color cranberries bring to a dish,” said Haley Williams, winner of the Central category for her cranberry curd gingersnap tart. “Their tart flavor perfectly complements the sweets I bake.”
“Adding cranberries to any dish really adds a fantabulous pop of color and a festive vibe,” added Daniela Gerson, winner of the Food category for her “pecangipane” pear & cranberry tart. “I love using fresh cranberries in the fall, as they are such a limited-time treat.”
For more information on the Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest, visit uscranberries.com.