Southern Dessert Contest Rules and Registration

Is your pecan pie a winner? Do you make the best cobber? People rave about your beignets? Support the Raleigh Public Record during our annual Pig Pickin’ fundraiser May 18 by entering your delicious confection into our Southern Dessert Contest. Prizes will be awarded for first place, along with bragging rights!

Here are the rules; please register below.

1. Contestants

a) Each contestant must provide name and contact information via the registration form provided.

b) Desserts must be entered in the name of the person who made it.

c) Contestants must be at least 12 years old. If a child under age 18 is entering, please note that on the registration form and include parent/guardian name and contact information.

d) There is no fee to enter.

e) By entering, contestants agree to donate their dessert the Record Pig Pickin’ event for consumption by judges and patrons.

f) This competition is for amateurs. Professional bakers, chefs and cooks are not permitted to enter the competition.

g) Participants must be present during the contest and the judging. The purchase of tickets to the Pig Pickin’ event are not required, but encouraged.

h) By entering, contestants agree to have their photo taken during the contest and following ceremony and have it used for Raleigh Public Record promotional materials, including the website and social media.


2. Entries

a) Only one entry per participant.

b) Creations may be any type of “southern” dessert. While we encourage desserts that are distinctly known as “southern,” entries will not be judged on how southern or not they are.

c) Each dessert must be baked from scratch. No mixes or pre-made items are permitted.

d) For health reasons, no desserts requiring refrigeration are allowed (e.g. dairy, cream or meat).

e) Entries must be brought the Record office at 907 Glenwood Avenue by 2 p.m. the day of the event. Desserts will be numbered in the order they arrive and judged in that same order.

f) Each contestant must provide a piece of paper or index card with the name of their dessert and a list of ingredients. (This will aid those with food allergies.)

g) Dishes and pans will not be returned. Please use disposable.


3. Judging

a) Judging will begin at 4:30 p.m.

b) A panel of three judges will each taste each dessert. Entries will be judged on overall appearance and taste.

c) All desserts will be judged in the same category.

d) Each judge assigns a numerical value (1-10) in each criteria category, without consultation with the other judges. The pie receiving the highest total numerical value is the winner.

e) In the case of a tie, the judges will judge those desserts again.

f) All winners are final. Judges will not know the participants’ names in advance.


4. Prizes

a) Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

b) Specific prizes to be announced at the event.