One of our greatest supporters for the Eli’s Cheesecake Festival
is the Michigan Apple Committee and the Michigan Apple Queen, We are honored
this year that Laura Dietrich, the 2008 Michigan Apple Queen will be attending
the Festival and that the Michigan Apple Committee is again sponsoring our
Culinary Pavilion.

Laura Dietrich, the 2008 Michigan Apple Queen, is from Conklin,
Michigan. The daughter of fifth generation apple growers, Alvin and Helen
Dietrich, the Queen serves as an ambassador for the state’s apple industry
making appearances at festivals and fairs throughout the year. Selected in
December of 2007, Dietrich has visited many schools to read books about apples,
judged the National Pie Festival, and participated in the Blossom Time Parade,
the Frankenmuth Festival and the National Cherry Festival in Traverse
City.

Watch for the Michigan Apple Queen to accompany Eli’s Executive
Pastry Chef, Laurel Boger, to do a demonstration live on NBC 5 Chicago at 6am on
Saturday, September 20th. Later that day, the Queen will assist Michigan Apple
Chef Diane Smith with a demonstration at 12:45pm on Saturday and again at
2:45pm, Sunday, September 21st at the Michigan Apple Culinary
Pavilion.