Whether you like to cook sweet or you like to cook savory, we have several contests prepared for you! Creative Arts offers several opportunities for you to win a ribbon in the Competition Kitchen throughout its 24-day run. The mix of competitions can get a little confusing, so we’re here to make it easy for all.
Cooking contests take place on specific days of the Fair in the Competition Kitchen. Though you may register on the day of each contest in the Creative Arts building, it is requested you register online beforehand at Creative.BigTex.com. Cooking contests are “day-of entry,” which means you bring your prepared dish ready to go for judging. Categories for Cooking Contests range anywhere from a traditional Pie Contest to State Fair favorites like Texas Pecan Challenge or Tex-Mex Contest.
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – Cake Contest
Monday, September 27, 2021 – Chocolate Contest, Speedy Dishes Contest
Sunday, October 3, 2021 – Texas Pecan Challenge
Monday, October 4, 2021 – Farm-to-Fork Contest, Honey Contest, Black Jar/Polished Jar Honey Contest
Friday, October 8, 2021 – Bread Contest
Sunday, October 10, 2021 – Pie Contest
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 – Cookie Contest
Thursday, October 14, 2021 – Cooking with Cheese, Tex-Mex Contest
Saturday, October 16, 2021 – Youth Cooking Contest
Sunday, October 17, 2021 – Candy Contest
Here are a few more reminders
All cooking contests during the Fair are open to amateurs only. While we do love professional chefs and culinary experts, we save their expertise for the Celebrity Chef Kitchen. Whether your dish is a diehard family must have on the table or you’re whipping up a new blend of ingredients, we encourage all to enter! To get a better view of everything you need to know, download our Creative Arts handbook. Make 2021 the year you win a State Fair Creative Arts ribbon , it’ll be worth every bite!
For more information on Creative Arts Contests or blogs on how to enter,
visit our Creative Arts 101 page or sign-up for our Creative Texans Newsletter.