Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off ***2012***



And The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off Contest – 2012

AUGUST 25, 2012 at 6 pm

Claude Moore Education Complex – Roanoke, VA


Day of the Festival – September 15, 2012

People’s Choice Awards:   1st prize = $75; 2nd prize = $50;  3rd prize $25 and ribbons.

 Overall Judges’ Choice Award – $100 plus trophy

Applications now being accepted

First 30 Applications will be eligible to participate – Get yours in now.

Judging by Chefs will be done on

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Claude Moore Education Complex

Entry fee is $5.00

Sweet Potato Pie Bake Off – 2012

Official Contest Rules and Entry Form

 Who’s Eligible?

Participants and tasters must be 16 years or older.  Professional bakers are not eligible.

How to Enter

Fill out an entry form and drop it by the Harrison Museum of African American Culture with the $5 entry fee (cash or money order) at the Center in the Square by 5:00 pm by August 15, 2012.


Pies must be thoroughly cooked.  Printed recipes are also required by the judging chefs. Nuts are permitted.

The HMAAC will not be held responsible for inaccurate labeling of items containing nuts or derivatives

Recipes for entry must be emailed to festival@harrisonmuseum.com prior to the judging or typed/neatly written on a separate piece of paper and submitted with the pie at drop off site.

List all ingredients in the order used with exact measurements and package sizes. Submit complete directions including times, temperatures and number of servings, if your recipe is not your own invention, please give credit to its source.

Recipes may be published, at the HMAAC’s discretion, with entrants’ recognition, without further compensation

For the 6 Final Winners for September 15, 2012

Bring small/bite sized (no bigger than 1 inch, if possible) portions of one pie baked in 8 or 9 inch disposable pie tin. We suggest you bring a knife and plastic wrap if you plan on cutting your pie after drop-off. Moist pies may dry out between set-up and the start of the qualifying judging.

Approximately of 30 entries may be accepted in total for the qualifying judging event. See the museum’s website at www.harrisonmuseum.com for up to the moment information on available entry spots and other contest news.

If you make the top six cut, deliver your pie (s) to the festival between 11:00 am and 12 noon on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Elwood Park. Due to high number of “tasters” try to bring enough portions (no bigger than 1 inch, if possible) to serve at least 100 to 200 tasters.  Assume that all your pie samplings will be consumed in their entirety at the festival. We suggest you bring a knife and plastic wrap if you plan on cutting your pie(s) after drop-off. Moist pies may dry out between set-up and the start of the tasting competition.

Official Rules:

1.         One entry per person.

2.         Provide two pies for the first judging.  One will be for the judges and the other will be          auctioned off to benefit Harrison Museum.

3.         Pies may be two crusted or single crusted.

4.         Pies must be made from scratch.   No store bought pies or store bought crusts.

5.         We recommend pies made in an 8″ or 9″ non-returnable dish.  Pie plate will not be returned.

6.         Pies must be delivered to the judging table by 5:45 pm.

7.         All proceeds from the Pie Auction will benefit Harrison Museum of African American Culture.

8.         All decisions of the judges are final.

9.         The Chef’s Choice Winner and the People’s Choice winners from 2011 will not be eligible to enter into the 2012 contest.

Judging and Prizes

Festival opens at 11:00 am and the public tasting begins at 12:30 pm. Awards are given after tasting. Contestants are encouraged to stay for awards. Expect the awards to be announced on Center Stage of the Festival at around 2:00 pm.

Judging will be based upon the following:  Taste (50%), Appearance = before and after slicing (25%), Overall Appeal (25%).

Judging will be conducted by the panel of appointed judges of the qualifying competition event and by the voting public tasters. The judges will determine the Overall Judges Choice Award and the public will vote for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd People’s Choice Award.


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