Special Cooking Contests

 

Dropping off your entry during the Fair:

If you have an entry for a special cooking contest, you may pull into the Education Lot (on Hillsborough Street in front of the Education Building where the buses drop off) and the attendant will give you a 15 minute pass for you to park in one of three designated spaces. These spaces are first come first serve and you will be towed if you stay longer than 15 minutes. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Peanuts

N.C. Peanut Growers Association

Peanuts Go International Recipe Contest
Entry Deadline: Thursday, October 11

Contest: Thursday, October 11

Entry Drop-Off: 3-4 p.m.

Judging: 4 p.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 5:30 p.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Peanut Butter Cup Greek Baklava

Second Place: Peanut Butter White Chocolate Chip Hungarian Kiffles

Third Place: Asian Pancakes with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Honorable Mention: African Peanut Stew

 

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House Autry

House-Autry Mills Bring Your Flavor:

Cornbread Challenge
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 12

Contest: Friday, October 12

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Roasted Tomato Upside Down Cornbread

Second Place: Fiery Cornbread Hummus Fritters with sriracha mayo dipping sauce

Third Place: Sweet and Savory cornbread

 

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Sweet Potato

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission

Sweet Potato Quick Meals Recipe Competition
Entry Deadline: Saturday, October 13

Contest: Saturday, October 13

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Second Place: Sweet Potato Power Salad

Third Place: Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Danish

Honorable Mention: Malaysian Curry Puff

 

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Veg Producers

North Carolina Vegetable Growers
Recipe Challenge
Entry Deadline: Sunday, October 14

Contest: Sunday, October 14

Entry Drop-Off: 1-2 p.m.

Judging: 2 p.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 3:30 p.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES :

1st Place: Le'CHOP Soup

2nd Place: Veggie Packed Cajun Peppers

3rd Place: Susan Kamm's Hearty One-Pan Butternut Squash Veggie Chili

Honorable Mention: Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

 

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Apple Growers

North Carolina Apple Growers Association

Apple Dessert Recipe Contest
Entry Deadline: Monday, October 15

Contest: Monday, October 15

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

1st Place: Fresh Apple-Cranberry Tart

2nd Place: Apple Bourbon Hand Pies

3rd Place: Apple Snap Cheesecake

Honorable Mention: Jamaican Spiced Hibiscus Apple Tart

 

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Egg

North Carolina Egg Association

How Do You Like Your Eggs? Recipe Contest
Entry Deadline: Tuesday, October 16

Contest: Tuesday, October 16

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES :

1st Place: The Inside Story

2nd Place: Eggs in Purgatory

3rd Place: Eggs Benedict Casserole

 

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North Carolina Pork Council

Any Pork, Any Cut, Any Way.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, October 17

Contest: Wednesday, October 17

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Grilled Pork Tenderloin Cubano

Second Place: Bahn Mi Porkburgers

Third Place: Island Paradise Pork Skewers

 

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Pecan

North Carolina Pecan Association

Pecan Breakfast Recipe Competition
Entry Deadline: Thursday, October 18

Contest: Thursday, October 18

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Pecan Parfait with Maple Cream

Second Place: Teresa's Sticky Buns

Third Place: Buttery Pecan Biscuits with Sorghum Glazed

Pork Belly

 

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Beef

North Carolina Beef Council Championship
Beef can be super, simple and delicious! 
 
   

Entry Deadline: Friday, October 19

Contest: Friday, October 19

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: New Age Frito Pie with Guacamole

Second Place: Meatball and Potato Gratin

Third Place: Thai Basil Beef Stir Fry

 

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Spam

The Great American SPAM® Championship

2018 Theme: Hawaii and Island-Inspired Recipes

Entry Deadline: Saturday, October 20

Contest: Saturday, October 20

Entry Drop-Off: 9-10 a.m.

Judging: 10 a.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 11:30 a.m., or when contest is complete

 

Two Categories: 1 for Adults - 1 for Kids

(Adults: Ages 18 & Up, Kid Chefs: Ages 7-17)

 

Local SPAM® Champion Adult WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Maui In A Jar

Second Place: Healthy Hawaiian Spampanadas

Third Place: Mossy's Sauce Pineapple SPAM®

 

Local SPAM® Kid Chef WINNING RECIPES:

First Place: Hawaiian Pigs in a Blanket

Second Place: Maui Wowie SPAM® Dessert Pizza

Third Place: SPAM® Quiche

 

Two National Grand Prizes:

1) National SPAM® Champion Grand Prize:

A Trip for Two to the 2018 Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival in Hawaii Valued at $3,000 (Adult Grand Prize)

2) National “SPAM® Kid Chef of the Year”

Grand Prize: $2,000 cash prize

 

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King Arthur

King Arthur Flour Baking Contest
Entry Deadline: Sunday, October 21

Contest: Sunday, October 21

Entry Drop-Off: 1-2 p.m.

Judging: 2 p.m.

Awarding of Prizes: 3:30 p.m., or when contest is complete

 

 

WINNING RECIPES:

First Place Adult: White Chocolate Berry Pie

Second Place Adult: Cookie Dough Cream Pie

Third Place Adult: Chocolate Chess Pie

 

First Place Youth: Pumpkin Drop Cookies

Second Place Youth: Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Third Place Youth: Sea Salt Mocha Macchiato Drop Cookies

 

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