Cooking Contests (during-fair)

HOW TO REGISTER

Though contestants may register on the day of the competition, online registration is highly recommended. To learn more about cooking contest visit our Creative Arts 101 blog and sign up for our Creative Texans newsletter to be notified when online registration is available

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Cooking Contests At-A-Glance

Cooking contests take place every day during the Fair in the Competition Kitchen. There are two types of competitions to participate in: Cooking Contests and Cook-offs.

Cooking Contests
The majority of cooking contests in the Competition Kitchen are “day-of entry,” which requires you to bring your prepared dish ready-to-go and register once arriving. Categories for Cooking Contests range anywhere from a traditional Pie Contest to new contests like “Fair Concoctions” or “Cowboy Cooking.” You’ll find over 25 different cooking contests that anyone can enter in our Creative Arts Handbook.

Cook-offs
The other type of cooking competition available in the Competition Kitchen are listed as ‘Cook-Offs’ and require pre-selected cooking spots (deadline to enter is June 17.) If selected for a Cook-off spot, contestants will cook their dish on site, from start to finish, at the Creative Arts building and then all entries are judged.

Additional contests like “Glue-a-Shoe” and the all-new “Pumpkin Decorating” also take place in the Competition Kitchen. For more details on all of these contests, click the button below to download our Handbook.

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