Food competition brings out best of up and coming local talent

Inspiring friendly competition among local foodies while showing off what Flint has to offer was the theme of an event at the Flint Farmers Market Wednesday. (Photo: Nick Russo/WEYI)

Inspiring friendly competition among local foodies while showing off what Flint has to offer was the theme of an event at the Flint Farmers Market Wednesday.

All the participants prepared their best items and showed them off to a panel of judges at the Genesee County Craft Food & Beverage Business Competition.

From popcorn to salsa, and even hops, one thing all seven businesses have in common is they're all locally owned and operated.

The competition was held in partnership with the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

"It's an opportunity for us to support people with good business ideas and to help contribute to their upcoming success,” Janice Karcher, vice president of economic development for the Chamber.

As far as a winner, Olympus Fare Salsa took home the top spot tonight.

Their popular salsa is made in Holly, and sold in stores across the state.

Olympus Fare won $2,000 tonight, and are now in the running for a regional competition in January, where they could win up to another $5,000.

Wednesday's competitors included:

Bongos’ Popcorn (Michelle Yaklin)

Carmel Yum Yums (Tonya Burton)

Concentrated Ginger Beverage (Bethany Collins)

Gavin’s Macky Cheese (Gislain Jackson)

Ge’maux Macarons (Sarah Razak)

Olympus Fare (Stacy Pillera)

Top Hops Farm (Sean Trowbridge)

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