Sandwich On Gluten Free Bagel Bests 50+ Entries in Ultimate New England Sandwich Competition

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"The Happy Hiker," a sandwich made on an Against The Grain Gluten-Free Bagel won the Ultimate New England Sandwich competition. The winner will travel to Australia to compete in a global contest.

Lynn Perna of Marlboro, VT took top prize in the Strolling of the Heifers Ultimate New England Sandwich Competition, held June 3rd in Brattleboro, VT. Her sandwich, “The Vermont Happy Hiker,” featured gluten-and dairy-free cinnamon-raisin bagels made by Against The Grain Gourmet, topped with Vermont cream cheese, Vermont chocolate maple-flavored peanut butter, and fresh apple slices. Her outdoor-friendly bagel sandwich was one of over 50 sandwiches entered in the competition. Perna will travel to Sydney, Australia, courtesy of the Australasian Sandwich Association, in October to compete at the World Sandwichship at the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. There, her creation will be pitted against sandwich competition winners from Europe, Australia, Africa and New Zealand for the world title.

The winning bagel by Against The Grain Gourmet is gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free and is made with organic coconut milk as the base.

Against The Grain Gourmet, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, is a dedicated commercial gluten free bakery. Their products combine fresh, natural ingredients with no preservatives to hand-craft gluten and grain-free rolls, bagels, baguettes, and pizzas. Their gluten free products are sold frozen and thaw bakery fresh, and they are distributed throughout the US. For more information, visit

Strolling of the Heifers, also based in Brattleboro, Vermont, was founded in 2001 with the goal of helping to save and sustain family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. Annually in June, it presents the Strolling of the Heifers Parade, in which heifer calves and other farm animals, bedecked with flowers, are led up Brattleboro’s Main Street. When it’s over, the crowd follows the parade to the Live Green Expo for food, entertainment, education and fun. For more information, visit

The winning recipe, THE HAPPY HIKER, by Lynn Perna:

1 Against The Grain Gourmet brand Cinnamon-Raisin Gluten Free Bagel
1 Tablespoon Vermont Peanut Butter Company Chocolate-flavored Peanut Butter, sweetened to taste with pure Vermont maple syrup
2 Ounces Vermont Cream Cheese
½ thinly sliced Vermont Honey Crisp apple (or your favorite tart apple), sprinkled to taste with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar.

Spread the peanut butter on one-half of the bagel, and the cream cheese on the other side. Combine the halves with the sliced apples sandwiched between the two.


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