Jan Newkirk Wins Blueberry Bash 2015

Sep 29, 2015

Winning Entry: Jan's Blueberry Coffee Crumble Cake
Credit Cathy Jordan

The 2015 Blueberry Bash was held on September 27 at the high school small gym. Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor Convention and Visitors Bureau host the scrumptuous affair and they were happy to pull it off on the heels of the large cruise ship event.

The prizes for this year were baking related, like a stoneware bar pan and pizza pan, stackable cooling racks, a spring-form pan. Youth winner Corynn Lekanoff received a fun cookie press with a blueberry-themed apron and adjustable measuring spoons. Each youth entry received a small-batch cookie jar for participating.  The grand prize winner, Jan Newkirk, received a deep covered baker, with a cookbook and salad cutters.

The youth category grew this year, from one entry to seven.  Breads, Muffins, and Cakes was also a more popular category this year.  A couple of the more interesting (and incredibly delicious) entries in the miscellaneous category were the jalapeno poppers and blueberry pizza.

Unalaska CVB was pleased that some contestants brought extra baked goods for the auction. Safeway generous donated ten beautiful floral arrangements that brought color and life to the room and served as great auction items.  Because of these contributions, CVB will be able to continue this family-friendly, Unalaskan tradition.

A new addition was live music; the atmosphere was very pleasant with the addition of guitarist John Garduque. The judges were Sharon Svarny-Livingston, Joanne Villamor, Nick Tuttiakoff, Lori Walker, and USCG:  Mike Salviati, Khris Schaus & Toni Carrillo. The event announcer was James Mobley and Jamie Stippel greeted everyone at the Welcome table.

The following is a list of the winners in each category: 

Jams, Jellies, & Syrups:  Jan Jonas

Breads, Muffins & Cakes: 

1st:  Jan Newkirk:  Blueberry Coffee Crumble Cake

2nd:  Naoko Kozuma:  Blueberry Mousse & Sponge Cake

3rd:  Albert Burnham:  Blueberry Coffee Cake

Tarts, Pies & cobblers:

1st:  Karley Stubbe:  Blueberry Pie bites 2/ Lemon Curd & Vanilla Cream

2nd:  Rubi Bacalso:  Blueberry Pie

3rd:  Susan Solis:  Cream Cheese Blueberry Pie

Chocolates, Candies & other Confections: 

1st:  Debbie Sensky:  Blueberry Lemon Danish

2nd:  Karley Stubbe:  Blueberry Lemon Bars

3rd:  Addalyn Longo:  Fruit Roll-ups

Youth (12 & under):

1st:  Corynn Lekanoff:  Blueberry Pop Tarts

2nd:  Mia Weitz-Zoll:  Alaska Blueberry Crush

3rd:  Kaitlyn Anderson:  Blueberry Limeade Cupcakes


1st:  Debbie Sensky:  Blueberry Pizza

2nd:  Abbey Newkirk:  Blueberry Jalepeno Poppers

3rd:  Jolene Longo:  Blueberry Cheesecake Dip

Blueberry Art:  Rylee Lekanoff

Biggest Blueberry:  Ruchi Patel


Grand Prize Winner:

 Jan Newkirk for her Blueberry coffee Crumble Cake