Baking contests to be held at Denver Fair

By on August 28, 2013

Three baking contests were recently announced for the Denver Fair the week of Sept 10 through 15.

The angel food cake contest is returning to the competitive exhibit lineup at the Denver Fair. The Incredible Angel Food Cake contest is sponsored by Pennsylvania Egg Farmers and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

There are two main types of cakes: butter and foam. Angel food cake is the classic example of a foam cake. The cake is 100 percent fat free and, because of the eggs, is a good source of the highest quality of protein, as well as a source of choline, which is essential to memory and brain development.

Entrants may not have won first place in this angel food cake contest at any other fair in 2013.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The winning cake will be eligible for competition at the PA Farm Show in January 2014, where the winner will receive $500 for first prize.

When entering a cake, which must be made from scratch and using eggs produced in Pennsylvania, the entrant must also submit the recipe.

Cakes will be judged on flavor, inside characteristics, overall appearance, creativity and topping, icing or decoration.

The 26th annual Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest is co-sponsored by The Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Program, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

Over 100 fairs across Pennsylvania will offer cash prizes for best pie. The Denver Fair contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final Blue Ribbon Apple Pie winner held each January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show. The first place winner at the Farm Show will be awarded a cash prize of $500 for their winning entry. Other cash prizes will be available for the top-five entries.

Rules are as follows: one entry per person; contestants must be a Pennsylvania resident; entrants may not have won first place in the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest at any fair in 2013; filling must include 60 percent apples, but it does not have to be a traditional two-crusted pie and it can have a variety of fillings; it must be submitted in a disposable pie pan; the recipe must be submitted on a 8.5 by 11 sheet paper, with a list of all ingredients, quantities and preparation instructions with name, address and phone number of the entrant on the back of the paper; refrigeration is not available so if it required it needs to be indicated on the recipe and those that require refrigeration will not be distributed after judging.

Judging will be based on flavor, filling, crust, overall appearance and creativity.

The PA Preferred Chocolate baking contest is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred program and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs.

Contestants are encouraged to use as many Pennsylvania-produced ingredients as possible in their baking chocolate recipes. For a list of member locations, visit PAPreferred.com.

More than 100 fairs across Pennsylvania will offer cash prizes for the best PA Preferred chocolate cakes and chocolate cookies, brownies or bars.

Denver Fair’s contest is a preliminary competition that leads to the selection of the final PA Preferred Chocolate Baking blue ribbon winners each January at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. First place winners at the Farm Show will be awarded a cash grand prize of $500 for the winning chocolate cake recipe and $250 for the wining chocolate cookie, brownie or bar recipe.

For a complete list of rules and more information on the contest, visit thedenverfair.com or contact Diana Wenzel at 859-4504.

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