About Us

Blue Ribbon Foodies celebrates home baking, home cooking and the tradition of competing at the fair. This website is a passion project of mine and I hope you’ll come along for the ride.  I developed and managed hundreds of state fair recipe contests and blue ribbon baking competitions for more than 14 years.  During that time I worked with nearly every major fair in the country and dozens of food brands, from chocolate companies to flour brands. I hope to do more of that in the coming years because frankly, I miss all the great baking exhibitors I met – thousands of them. I miss hearing their stories, and drooling over their best cookies, cakes, pies, and breads.  It’s here on this website where we’ll feature our all-time favorite recipes – the best of the best – as well as tips and tricks about how to make them at home. Every recipe we post is something we’ve made at home so you can too.

For those home bakers and cooks itching to compete again at the fair, be sure to join our community. We’ll be doing a series of giveaways and baking challenges in the coming months that you won’t want to miss.

Here’s to 2021. Bake it great my friends!


Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Cookies Plated, Shown Close Up


Cyndi is the main coordinator, photographer, writer, and overall organizer for the Blue Ribbon Group and Blue Ribbon Foodies. An orchestrator of sorts. She is also a cheerleader for anyone who has ever aspired to win a blue ribbon.


Crystal is a passionate home baker, grocery buyer and meal maker. She is a blue ribbon mom and is also Cyndi’s niece. They are having a grand old time working together on the Blue Foodies Blog. It’s a creative outlet for both of them.

Dos, Don’ts and other Deets

  • Please do link directly to our site if you want to share recipes or stories with friends, family or your community.
  • Go ahead and drop us a line if you have a comment, question or special request. Use the comments section or any of the Join Our Community buttons.
  • Everything on this site is property of the Blue Ribbon Group unless otherwise noted. All photography and text is ours and cannot be used without our expressed written consent.