Cooking Contests

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 State Fair of Texas is known for its culinary creations, and there’s no better place to see Texans serving up creative concoctions than the State Fair of Texas Cooking Contests. Held during the Fair each year, amateur cooks compete in contests to bring home the coveted blue (or purple) ribbon and bragging rights.

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 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 the Tex-Mex Contest.

2024 Cooking Contest Schedule

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 15.) 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.

2024 Cook-off Lottery Entry

Registration Opens in May

Creative Arts Cooking Contest Guide Available March 20th

A New Way to Test Your Cooking Skills

The State Fair of Texas is announcing a NEW way to test your cooking skills. The Battle for the Blue Ribbons hosts three of the Fair’s most popular Creative Arts Cooking Contests—Cake, Cookie, and Pie—over one weekend in the Spring. All blue-ribbon winners from the three contests will be invited to “Best of Show-Down” in the Competition Kitchen during the Fair. Each blue-ribbon winner will receive two (2) 1-day admission tickets and a 1-day parking pass to the 2024 Fair.

All cooking contests are open to ALL AGES. Contestants may enter each of the three (3) contests as part of this program. Contestants are limited to six (6) entries per contest, with one (1) per category. Ribbons will be awarded for First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention.

Contestants earning a blue ribbon in the Cake, Cookie, and Pie contest are eligible to compete in the Best of Show-Down. 

2024 Cooking Contest Schedule

Mini-guide available soon!