From sandwich cookies to bundt cakes, we give you a sneak peek at the new cooking contests at the Allentown Fair – The Morning Call

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The Allentown Fair returns for its 170th year on August 31 and will run until September 5. – and with that comes the annual culinary competitions in the Agri-Plex.

From brand-new contests to long-time favourites, there’s a cooking contest just for you.

The fair is a big draw for home cooks and bakers looking to show off recipes for a chance to win ribbons and bragging rights (some contests offer a cash prize). Earning a blue ribbon at certain contests can qualify you to compete in the prestigious Pennsylvania Farm Show.

On this year’s competitions: .

Stuffed Sandwich Cookies: For this new contest, you will need to enter any recipe that creates two homemade cookies with a filling from scratch. (The rules say no kiffs for this contest.)

BBQ Meat Contest: This contest is looking for recipes using a special seasoning or homemade barbecue sauce on any of the following meats: pork, chicken (breasts, thighs) and beef (including brisket). Appetizers can be grilled, roasted or simmered.

King Arthur Flour Bundt Cake Contest: Known for its signature shape through the use of a specific mould, this contest calls for beautiful bundt cakes, which can be frosted or unfrosted. One key ingredient should be used: King Arthur flour.

Best Bread Pudding: This contest is looking for the classic bread pudding: pieces of bread covered in creamy/dreamy custard or dipped in liqueur, punctuated with chocolate chips, fruit, nuts or raisins.

PA Preferred Junior Baking Cookies, Brownies and Bars Contest: This annual contest encourages children to cook and participate in agricultural fairs across the state. The contest is open to Pennsylvania residents between the ages of 8 and 18 at the time of the contest. Those who enter cannot have won first place in an AP Favorite Junior Baking Contest at another fair in 2021.

The Great American Shoo-Fly Crumb Butter Pie Contest: Sho-fly pie is a Dutch classic made with a perfectly flaky crust, molasses and brown sugar. J

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery: This year’s contest will allow entrants to submit their best “chili bowl” recipe, using a variety of Clover Hill wine as the required ingredient.

Bechdolts Orchard Fresh Peach Dessert Contest: Turn juicy summer peaches into an amazing dessert. Judges will be looking for creativity and your dessert must be at least 50% peaches.

Contest for the best “no-bake” dessert: No oven is required for this contest, which aims to find the best frozen desserts and other no-bake treats. (Sponsored by A&A Plumbing, LLC.)

Homemade chocolate cake contest: It’s a favorite competition at the fair. Two important rules: the cake cannot have won at any other fair in 2021 and it must be a layer cake from scratch. (Sponsored by Vynecrest Winery).

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest: From classic double-crust pies to crumb pies and more, creativity and flavor are the keys to this annual contest. Note: The pie filling does not have to be all apples, but must contain at least 60% apples. (Sponsored by Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms.)

The deadline to participate is August 1st. Your best bet is to get your entry forms by visiting www.allentownfairpa.org and clicking “Contest”. Once there, choose the contests you wish to enter and click on the link for the form and further rules and instructions.

Info: 610-433-7541 or email: [email protected]

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