Central Ohio Signature Food Contest

Great homemade recipes often remain a staple item enjoyed within close-knit groups of families and friends.  Often these cherished recipes are passed down generation-to-generation and enjoyed throughout the year.  But rarely does an item, such as a unique salad dressing or a delicious cookie, begin mass production for the general public to experience.  Few have the resources to make their creation a reality – until now.

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Ohio Department of Development, and Central Ohio Restaurant Association, are sponsoring the Central Ohio Signature Food Contest which showcases many local flavors and recipes ready for actual product development.  Contestants will submit a form outlining the basic details of their recipe, and food industry experts will judge each based on the viability of the product, commercialization potential, business strategy, marketability and overall appeal to the marketplace.  In mid-November, finalists will be invited to North Market in Columbus, OH, to present their business concept and food product to a panel of expert judges.

The contest winner will receive technical and business development assistance which is essential for the advancement of a product into the marketplace, as well as production of product to be used for consumer feedback.

Deadline to submit the completed application is Monday, November 1, 2010 (only one product per applicant).

Call 419-823-3099 for more information, or obtain an application form along with Central Ohio Signature Food Contest rules/regulations at www.cift.eisc.org.

>> View the flyer for more information

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