Fall is apple season, and to celebrate, the Collingswood Farmers Market will host its annual apple pie contest on Saturday, October 19. The tasting begins at 9:30 a.m., and bakers are needed.
The winning entrants take home one of three $50 farmers market gift certificates. To register, e-mail email@example.com.
Rules: Pre-registration is necessary! We need to know your entry is coming.
Send us before contest day: (send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
--Category you are entering: "Best apple pie" or "Best apple...whatever" (see explanation below)
One entry per contestant, please. Bring what you think is YOUR best dessert. Period.
At 9:30 on October 19, bring your entry to the judging tent (location will be marked with signage, ask at info booth near the band if you can't find it). Desserts will be assigned a number upon arrival for anonymous judging. Judging begins at 10. Desserts arriving after judging begins will be disqualified.There will be a team of several judges who will individually judge using a scoring system. Entries with the highest cumulative score in each category wins.
There are three awards given:*
- $50 in Market gift certificates for "Best apple PIE"—apples MUST BE THE ONLY fruit used. Nuts are fair game.
- $50 in Market gift certificates for "Best apple...whatever"—Not exactly "whatever", your dessert will consist of apples plus any creative fruit or ingredient combinations that result in a baked apple dessert.
- $50 in Market gift certificates for Best Presentation—the most photogenic entry deserves a prize. The food itself. (Please, no cloths, settings, cake stands, searchlights, or accessories. We don't have the room.)
- Market may divide a particularly large category in half at its discretion, to have a winner from each half, each winning $50. Just so the judges don't burst.
*(Two way ties will split the prize in half, each winning $25.
A three-or-more-way tie—each winner gets $20 in gift certificates to the Market.) We reserve the right to deliver the prizes at a later date.
We will remove a slice of pie/dessert for the judging and the remainder of the desserts go back home with the bakers (so everybody wins!) to enjoy at the end of the contest. The contest will take about an hour.
Market is not responsible for plates, pies or anything submitted for judging, and will discard any items left on the tables past noon.
Frequently asked questions
Can I win two categories? Yes, you could possibly bring the best looking AND best-tasting dessert.
Do the bakers have to be there for the judging/tasting? No, you could still win if we can't find you at the time of the results. Return at 11 to reclaim your item, though.
Can I bring a tart? Sure. Put it in the anything goes category.
Topping? We advise against ice creams or things that melt. We won't rush because your dessert is morphing into a puddle while the contest goes on.
My apple pie has cranberries? OK. Put it in the anything goes category.
Is lemon juice a fruit? For our purposes, lemon juice is NOT a fruit.
Do you have any idea what time the judging will be over? We hope to begin promptly at 10 and announce the winner by 11. However, because we can't guess how many desserts will be registered, that is only an estimate.