Gilpin Gourmet

Gilpin Gourmet Contest Rules

  1. Dates & Times:beer-927666_1920
    1. Beer entries– accepted Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11 from 8:00am-4:00pm in the Exhibit Barn. (If not able to make the above times, please contact the Fair Office to make other arrangements.)
    2. Food entries– accepted Saturday, July 13 from 12:00noon to 3:00pm in the Community Center.
    3. Awards & Auction– Awards will be presented and the food auctioned on Sunday, July 14 at 1:00pm on the Stage.
  2. Multiple entries per category are allowed and a contestant may enter every category if they wish. Only 1 cook per entry is allowed. Entries may be limited by the Contest Superintendent.

Age groups include:

  • Youth (ages 5-17)
  • Adult (ages 18 & over)

Divisions include:

  • Baked Foods (Breads/Rolls, Desserts)
  • Preserved Foods (Jams/Jellies, other preserved).
  • Home-Brewed Beverages (Light Beer, Dark Beer)- Adults only
  • Other Foods (any other prepared food including ice cream, candy, etc.)

All food and drink should be entered on/in disposable bake/cookware.

  1. All entries must display a label with the following:
  • Baked Foods: contestant name, date made, all ingredients
  • Preserved Foods: contestant name, date processed, time processed, ingredients
  • Other: contestant name, date made, all ingredients
  • Home-Brewed Beer: contestant name, date bottled, ingredients, type of beer
  • No entry may contain marijuana, illegal substances or any other harmful substances. This is to protect all consumers.
  1. Any entry not prepared properly or not following any of the stated rules may be disqualified at the Gilpin County Fair’s discretion.
  2. Gilpin County Fair management does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, or other non-merit aspects.
  3. Food judges should base their score on the following criteria:
  • Originality of Recipe
  • Appearance of Entry
  • Taste of Entry
  1. Beverage judges should base their score on the following criteria:
  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouthfeel
  • Overall impression
  1. Score the Entry.
  • Scoring is from 1 (Bad) to 10 (Excellent) with 5 being average.
  • Scoring will be done on a score sheet with 30 total possible points for food entries and 50 points possible for beverage entries.
  • All scores will be compiled with the highest scores in each category receiving the awards.
  • Determine Grand Champion in Baked Foods, Preserved Foods, Other Foods and Home-Brewed Beverages and 1st place to 3rd place winners in each category.

 Preparation guidelines can be found here

Thank you to contest superintendent, Mary!