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    Vidalia Onion Committee Holds National Recipe Contest

    The Vidalia Onion Committee’s recently launched “Sweet Times with Vidalias Recipe Contest” gives consumers the opportuniry to win one of three prizes by submitting a favorite Vidalia onion recipe and story. Recipes must be submitted along with a warm memory of cooking with the sweet, mild onions. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, while the second- and third-place winner will get $750, and $500, respectively.

    The Vidalia Onion Committee’s recently launched “Sweet Times with Vidalias Recipe Contest” gives consumers the opportuniry to win one of three prizes by submitting a favorite Vidalia onion recipe and story. Recipes must be submitted along with a warm memory of cooking with the sweet, mild onions. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, while the second- and third-place winner will get $750, and $500, respectively.

    “Everywhere I go -- whether it’s on a flight or in the grocery store -- people see my logo’d Vidalia shirt and stop me to share their favorite Vidalia memories,” noted Wendy Brannen, executive director of Vidalia Onion Committee. “Many are how their aunt or their mother or another relative would prepare Vidalias on special occasions. This recipe contest gives them an excuse to take a trip down memory lane and hopefully will inspire a trip down the produce aisle.”

    Pioneered in the 1930s, Vidalia onions are grown only in the low-sulfur soil of 20 counties in southeast Georgia, but they are loved throughout America, according to the committee, which cites an Opinion Dynamics survey finding that 75 percent of consumers prefer the brand over other sweet onion varieties.

    Consumers can participate in the contest by joining the fan page on Facebook or visiting the Vidalia Onion Committee’s Web site at VidaliaOnion.org. More information and complete rules for the competition are also listed on the Vidalia, Ga.-based committee’s Web site, along with recipe ideas, storage tips, nutritional information and Vidalia history and information.

    The Vidalia Onion Committee comprises eight producer members and their alternates, and one public member and an alternate.

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