Sweet Taste of Victory in State Fair Maple Cooking Competition

DES MOINES, IA (09/03/2021) (readMedia)-- The sweet flavor of maple was the star ingredient in the Make It With Maple competition, judged Thursday, August 12, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Entrants were challenged to create award winning dishes using different varieties of maple syrups, creams and sugars.

Entries were judged on taste, creativity and appearance.

Complete results follow:

Bourbon Aged Maple Syrup Creation

1) Jamie Buelt, Polk City

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

Maple Cream Creation

1) Jenna Brady, Runnells

2) Bridget Lottman, Norwalk

3) Brooklynn, Sedlock, Indianola

Maple Sugar Creation

1) Rebecca Howe, West Des Moines

2) Cindy Paulsen, Cedar Rapids

3) Olivia Smith, Winterset

Maple Syrup (Rich or Robust) Creation

1) Ann Gillotti, Ankeny

2) Rebecca Howe, West Des Moines

3) Joshua Calhoun, Des Moines

HM) Pamela Reynolds, Norwalk

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year's Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.


The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country and the single largest event in the state. The Fair began over 160 years ago and is now considered one of the best events in the nation, attracting more than one million Fairgoers every year from all over the world. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University, just off the interstate and minutes from Downtown Des Moines. How Do You Fair? August 12-22, 2021. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.