Located in the Creative Arts building, Fair-goers of all ages compete dish-to-dish in culinary challenges at the State Fair Competition Kitchen.

Each day of the State Fair brings new and exciting cooking competitions to the Competition Kitchen. Popular events include cake and cookie baking, one-pot meals, a Red River Rivalry-themed biscuit challenge, and much more.

Visit the Competition Kitchen to see who will win the blue ribbon for baking and cooking skills. Contest judging begins daily at 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

2017 Competition Kitchen Schedule

September 30Pie Contest10:30 a.m.
October 1Let's Do Lunch!10:30 am
October 3The Great American Spam Championship 10:30 am
Play With Your Food10:30 a.m.
October 4Ports of Call10:30 a.m.
October 5"Guess What's Cooking'9:30 a.m.
October 6Cake Contest10:30 a.m.
October 7Youth Cooking Contest10:30 a.m.
The Great American Spam Championship (Youth)10:30 a.m.
"Dinners On Me" Contest2:30 p.m.
October 8Bread Baking Contest10:30 a.m.
October 9Southern Comfort Food10:30 a.m.
October 10Speedy Dishes Contest10:30 a.m.
October 11Pizza Cook Off9:30 a.m.
October 12Ice Cream Freeze-Off9:30 a.m.
October 13Cooking with Cheese10:30 a.m.
October 14Red River Showdown Biscuit Cook-Off9:30 a.m.
October 15Cookie Contest10:30 a.m.
October 16Farm to Fork Contest10:30 a.m.
"Honey the Magic Ingredient" Contest10:30 a.m.
Black Jar/Polished Jar Honey ContestThroughout Day
October 17Chocolate! Competition10:30 a.m.
October 18Fruit Desserts Competition10:30 a.m.
October 19Cobbler Cook-Off9:00 a.m.
October 20Tex-Mex Contest10:30 a.m.
October 21Candy Contest10:30 a.m.
October 22One Pot Wonders Contest10:30 a.m.

For a full list of Creative Arts events, visit the daily schedule page.

Fairground Map Daily Schedule

Participate in Creative Arts Contests

Want to vie for a blue ribbon in the Competition Kitchen? Creative Arts competitions allow non-professionals to show off cooking talent in the kitchen. The majority of contests held in the State Fair Contest Kitchen allow day-of registration. A handful of events known as “cooks” (baking/cooking done on-site in the Contest Kitchen) require entrants to pre-register and participate in a pre-fair lottery.

For more information and to view contest rules and regulations, visit the Creative Arts page.

Creative Arts