April 27-- There were more than 20 entries in this year's Vidalia Onion Festival Recipe Contest and two women took all the top honors. Joy Weaver (right in photo) won $600 as the side dish winner and the overall winner for her Sweet Onion Macaroni Casserole.
She formerly competed in the Vidalia Onion Run, but gave up running and started cooking, "I love Vidalia Onions. I used to eat them like apples when I was little," and she describes her winning entry, "It's got Vidalia Onions in it, of course, but it also has mushrooms and it's just got a very good taste." The casserole was her only entry and she promises to be back next year to defend her title, "Next year I might try to enter two. I guess now I'm a cook and not a runner."
Sherry Kirkley (left) won first place in both the Miscellaneous Category for her onion dip and in the Main Category for her caramelized Vidalia Onion quiche.
Side Dish Winners
1st Place Winner: Joy Weaver – Bonnies Sweet Vidalia Onion Macaroni Casserole
2nd Place Winner: Elaine Allen – Vidalia Onion Pinwheels
3rd Place Winner: Cindy Reddish – Vidalia Onion Gratin
Main Dish Winners
1st Place Winner: Sherry Kirkley – Caramelized Onion Quiche
2nd Place Winner: Mary Dann – Chicken & Rice with Vidalia Onions
3rd Place Winner: Janice Graham – Onion Gravy with Beef
1st Place Winner: Sherry Kirkley-Onion Spinach Artichoke Dip
2nd Place Winner: Sharon Tapley – Hot Vidalia Dip
3rd Place Winner: Elaine Allen – Vidalia Onion Cheese Ball