Pumpkin Recipe Challenge

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to win cash prizes and a chance to be featured with your winning recipe on the LIBBY’S Pumpkin nationally known website,www.verybestbaking.com.

2019 Information

Chairman: Rachel Berchtold
​Judging:
Wednesday, September 4, 6 pm, Freedom Hall
Grand Prize Winner on Stage:
Wednesday, September 11, 6:25 pm
Deadline to Register:
September 3, 5 pm (all entries must be pre-registered

Categories:

Adult Sweet – 1st place receives $100 in Chamber Checks / 2nd place receives $35 in Chamber Checks
Adult Savory – 1st place receives $100 in Chamber Checks / 2nd place receives $35 in Chamber Checks
Junior Division (ages 10 to 17) – 1st place receives $100 in Chamber Checks / 2nd place receives $35 in Chamber Checks
Professional Division – Winner will receive $150 in Chamber Checks and an exclusive patch

Winners of the Junior, Adult Sweet, and Adult Savory categories will compete for the $150 Overall Grand Prize (also in Chamber Checks) and a plaque. The winner of the Professional Division will not be eligible for the Overall Grand Prize.

Only one entry per person. Recipes will be judged on taste, originality, and presentation. Extra points are given for theme-related recipes.

View the judging scorecard here.

Bring your dish from your original recipe to Freedom Hall on September 4 at 5:30 and 6 pm for judging.

Only original recipes created by the contestant will be judged (no exceptions)

Rules:

Min. 1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin in each entry

2 printed or typed recipes for each entry

Food can be displayed on any dish

No more than 1 dish per entry

Limit 1 entry per person

Entrants agree that, should their entry recipe become a finalist, their registration information, including but not limited to their name, address and phone number, will be shared with Nestle, in order that release documents or other forms may be forwarded to them in the hope of using their recipe on VeryBestBaking.com or other Nestle web or social media sites.  This information will not be added to any Nestle marketing lists.  Please note that this does not state or imply any promise that the recipe(s) will be used on any Nestle web or social media sites, but allows the Sponsor to release the information to Nestle should it be requested.

On Wednesday, September 11 at 6:25 pm, the Grand Prize winner will join us on the Gold’s Gym Entertainment Stage to share their winning recipe with the crowd! A free sample of the winning recipe will be provided to the first 150 festival attendees seated near the stage! The winning recipe samples will be produced by the team at Eli’s Coffee Shop.

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2020 Information

Chair: Rachel Berchtold
Judging:
Wednesday, September 9 at 6 PM, Freedom Hall OR Virtual (See below)
Grand Prize Winner Meet & Greet Tasting:
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 – 7:00 PM at Eli’s Coffee Shop
Sponsored by:

We are excited to introduce a new category this year: The Adult Modern Pumpkin Pie

1st & 2nd Place in the following categories will receive $100 in Chamber Checks and $35 in Chamber Checks

  • Adult Sweet**
  • Adult Savory
  • Adult Modern Pumpkin Pie*
  • Junior Division (ages 10 to 17)

Professional Division – Winner will receive $150 in Chamber Checks and an exclusive patch

Winners of the Junior, Adult Sweet, and Adult Savory categories will compete for the $150 Overall Grand Prize (also in Chamber Checks) and a plaque. The winner of the Professional Division will not be eligible for the Overall Grand Prize.

On Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30 PM, Eli’s Coffee Shop will host a meet and greet with the Grand Prize winner with a limited number of samples of their recipe that will be shared with those that attend. 

*New Adult Modern Pumpkin Pie Category

  • While LIBBY’S Pumpkin Pie is the dessert we all know and love, we are asking you to use our beloved recipe as a springboard for your culinary creativity. We want to see your most innovative, forward-thinking, delicious and exciting Pumpkin pie-themed desserts. No shape, size, temperature, or ingredient will be turned away, we want to see your creativity shine! Good luck!
  • Adult Modern Pumpkin Pie entries must have some innovative, modern element to the recipe.

** Judges will reserve the right to transfer an entry from the Adult Sweet category to the Modern Pumpkin Pie if they believe it to be most appropriate. 

 

Only one entry per person. Recipes will be judged on taste, innovation, and presentation. Extra points are given for theme-related recipes.

View the judging scorecard here

Bring your original recipe dish to Freedom Hall on September 9 at 5:30 or 6 pm for judging. *Drop-off times may be staggered to accommodate social distancing safety guidelines.*

Only original recipes created by the contestant will be judged (no exceptions)

Rules:

  • Min. 1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin in each entry
  • 2 printed or typed recipes for each entry
  • Food can be displayed on any dish
  • No more than 1 dish per entry
  • Limit 1 entry per person

Entrants agree that their registration information, including but not limited to their name, address and phone number, will be shared with Nestle, the Morton Chamber of Commerce, and the Morton Pumpkin Festival in order that release documents or other forms may be forwarded to them in the hope of using their recipe on VeryBestBaking.com or other Nestle web or social media sites. This information will not be added to any Nestle marketing lists.  Please note that this does not state or imply any promise that the recipe(s) will be used on any Nestle web or social media sites, but allows the Sponsor to release the information to Nestle should it be requested.

 

Looking for a virtual option to submit your recipes for the Modern Pumpkin Pie? Don’t worry – you can still submit your recipe online!

Submit a photo of your finished dish and recipe to libbyspumpkincompetition@gmail.com by midnight on September 9. Recipe criteria must meet criteria listed on Rules & Judging tab.

After careful review of the recipes, Libby’s Corporate Pastry Chef Meredith Tomason will select 5 recipes to be recreated in the Libby’s HQ kitchens in Arlington, VA. Recipes will be judged on taste and flavor. The winning 3 will be selected and the winners will receive a cash prize. 

2020 Winners:

Grand Prize: Jessica Mohn – Golden Kringle

2019 Winners:

Junior
1st Malina George – Lucky Leprechaun Mini Scones
2nd Sophie Schneblin – Pumpkin Flutternutter Pie

Adult Savory
1st Carey Beckerdite – Top O the Mornin Pumpkin Breakfast Turnover
2nd David Ellerie – Cottage Pie

Adult Sweet
1st Shelbi Losen* – Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Cupcakes
2nd Rachel Ellerie – Irish Pumpkin Scones

Professional
1st Kristina Pearce – Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Whiskey Glaze
2nd Aiden Lorsbach – Maple Bacon Pumpkin Fried Wontons with Sriracha Maple Syrup

* indicates Grand Prize Winner