December 18, 2017
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Eastern Maine Community College Culinary Arts students sweep awards at Maine Harvest Festival

Community Author: Zeth Lundy
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BANGOR– Students from Eastern Maine Community College’s Culinary Arts program swept the awards for the student category at the 7th Annual Maine Harvest Festival this past weekend. In addition, second year Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management student Mariana Murphy was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, provided by the Maine Harvest Festival and presented to Mariana by EMCC President Dr. Lisa Larson and Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague.

 Culinary Arts Chair Chef Jay Demers, assisted by first and second year Culinary Arts students, provided a demonstration (including individually made samples) for attendees while showcasing a dozen Maine food vendor products. Several EMCC students participated in the presentation, as well as a pie contest which saw 52 entries in all.

 The following EMCC Culinary Arts students were presented with ribbons and accompanying cash prizes:

First Place – Mariana Murphy

Second Place – Cheyanne Libby

Third Place – Jordan Soucie

Honorable Mention – Willa Thompson

 The Maine Harvest Festival is a two-day event held each year at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Presented by the Maine Potato Board, the event brings together farmers, food processors, fiber artisans, chefs and presenters to celebrate Maine’s food industry.

Prospective students are invited to visit EMCC for an afternoon of information, exploration and fun. Visitors can join faculty, staff and current students on campus to learn about a wide variety of educational opportunities. Activities will include campus tours, financial aid workshops, and On-The-Spot Admissions. More information, along with a schedule of events, is available on EMCC’s website:

 Eastern Maine Community College is a two-year college that provides the highest quality post-secondary technical, career and transfer education and serves as a dynamic community and economic development resource. In addition to its Bangor campus, the college has three off-campus higher education centers in Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth and East Millinocket.