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DEPARTMENT ‘D’ CULINARY ARTS
SUPERINTENDENT: SUZANNE JENKINS
PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING EXHIBITS
Entry forms are available online by clicking on the ‘ENTRY FORMS’ link or at the fairgrounds office. Entry forms will also be available on Wednesday, September 13 in Pioneer Hall. We encourage you to submit your entry forms early, or you may submit them when you bring your entries to Pioneer Hall or to one of our new entry collecting sites in Rio Rico and Nogales.
Use a separate entry form for each department in which you choose to enter. For example, if you are en-tering a jar of jam, fill out an entry form for Department D “Culinary Arts”. If you are also entering a photo-graph, you would fill out a separate form for Department G “Photography”.
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
1. Competition is limited to Santa Cruz County and the area lying geographically and historically adjacent.
2. Every entry shall be entered in the name of the producer or the owner or his/her agent.
3. Entry tags will be furnished for each animal or article exhibited. These will be properly filled out and attached to the exhibit.
4. All exhibits and entries shall be under the complete control of the Fair Management Board and cannot be removed from the grounds before 4:00pm September 17, 2017, or by appointment.
5. Judges will award ribbons according to merit. Except where noted, the Santa Cruz County Fair utilizes the Danish system of judging. In this system, the judge does not judge one entry comparing it to another. The evaluation is made against a standard. Blue ribbons will be given to those entries which most nearly meet the highest standards established for the particular class. Red ribbons will be given to those entries which rank ‘very good’ in relation to the standards. White ribbons will be given to those entries that rank ‘acceptable’ or ‘satisfactory’.
In addition, the judge may present awards to those entries which merit recognition, i.e. Best of Show, Honorable Mention, and Special Award.
6. Ribbons will be awarded according to judging records. NO EXCEPTIONS.
7. THE FAIR MANAGEMENT BOARD WILL TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO INSURE CARE AND PROTECTION OF EXHIBITS, BUT WILL ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGE TO ANY EXHIBIT OR PERSON.
8. All exhibits must be prepared to conform to the special regulations of the department in which exhibit-ed. Any EXHIBIT found offensive in any way will not be displayed or judged.
9. In the event of a dispute, the decision of the Fair Management Board will be final.
10. Commercial organizations and others exhibiting articles not for competition must make arrangements for available space (call 520-455-5553).
11. Exhibitors will be responsible for transportation of exhibits to and from the Fair or to or from designated pick-up points in Nogales and Rio Rico. 12. All classes except Fine Arts have Children’s, Junior, Developmentally Disabled, and Visually Impaired Categories that will be identified in the sub-class column on the entry form (unless otherwise noted in department). Children “CH”: age 6-13: Junior “JR”: age 14-18: Developmentally Disabled “DD”: Visually Impaired “VI”. Age must be on entry form. Exhibitor must stay in age group and cannot exhibit in any other section.
13. Articles previously entered in the Santa Cruz County Fair or any other county fair may be entered & marked for display only but are not eligible for competition.
14. Fair Management is not responsible for any awards offered by private individuals or businesses.
15. The Fair Management Board has the right to reject any exhibit.
SPECIAL RULES - READ CAREFULLY
AWARDS: Awards may be given to: High Point in Canning, Baking, and Perishable Foods.
Exhibits must be solely the work of the exhibitor, unless otherwise noted. ALL CANNED GOODS, pre-serves, jams and jellies, conserves, pickles and relishes must have been prepared during the years 2016-2017.
ALL FOODS, with the exception of canned meats, vegetables and soups, will be tasted during judging.
CONTAINERS: All caps and seals must be without rust or scratches, new if possible. CANNED PRODUCTS, meat, fruit and vegetables must be in standard (16 oz.) pint, or (32 oz.) quart jars. JELLY must be in standard 4, 6, 8 or 16 oz jars with lids. Do not use wax. DILL PICKLES will be acceptable in quart jars. CAKES AND PIES must be on disposable containers, such as paper or aluminum plates. COOKIES should be on a paper plate and inserted in a plastic bag. Fasten tag to plate. The Fair Committee reserves the right to remove and dispose of foods showing signs of spoilage during the Fair.
JUDGING: Entries may be judged on the following criteria: General Appearance; Texture; Flavor; Consistency; Uniformity; Color; Crust; Crumb; Keeping Qualities. Judges are instructed not to award premiums unless exhibits are deemed worthy of merit. ANY EXHIBIT FOUND STAINED, SOILED OR OFFENSIVE IN ANY WAY TO THE JUDGES WILL NOT BE JUDGED. WHEN IT IS OBVIOUS TO THE JUDGES THAT TWO OR MORE EXHIBITS ARE IDENTICAL (as from the same cooking kettle), THE JUDGES WILL BE ALLOWED TO AUTOMATICALLY DISCARD ONE OR ALL ENTRIES.
*NO PACKAGED MIXES*
In competition, details are all important. Judges do not judge by likes or dislikes. They have standard rules by which they must abide. If your foods do not receive awards, it does not mean they are not edible. The first thing to consider is the container. Use only the type specified for each class, and make certain that the jars are thoroughly sealed. Jars must be clearly and neatly labeled as to contents and must be free from any stickiness.
LABEL: Exhibits must be labeled with the name of the food, the date preserved and the method of preservation, if applicable.
RECIPE: A list of ingredients should be submitted with each entry, enclosed in a quart sized ziploc bag.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have an unusual or interesting fact about your entry, such as sugar free, fat free etc., attach an explanation for the judges.
CAKES: To be judged as to appearance, texture, crumb and taste.
PIES: To be judged on appearance, flavor, texture of crust, texture of filling.
BREAD: To be judged on appearance of crust, crumb, flavor and texture.
FRUITS: Uniformity of pack and ripeness in very important. The ripeness determines the color and texture of the fruit. The syrup or liquid should be clear -not cloudy- and should cover the contents.
VEGETABLES: Here again, the liquid is very important. It must be clear, and it must cover the vegetables.
PICKLES AND RELISHES: All cucumber and mixed pickles must be firm and crisp. Sweet pickles should be firm, yet tender. Don’t over-cook. Again, natural color of product used, clearness of liquid and uniformity of pack is important.
JAMS: Do not sieve or strain. True jams resemble crushed fruit with no separation of fruit and juice. Natural fruit flavor should be preserved, neither too much nor too little sugar. Jams should not be rubbery. You have the option to provide 1/2 pint jar for display and one smaller jar, for sampling, both properly sealed and tagged.
JELLIES: Jelly should be transparent and have good texture (quiver), color and clearness. Maintain the natural fruit flavor. Watch for too much sugar - no crystals allowed. You have the option to provide 1/2 pint jar for display and one smaller jar, for sampling, both properly sealed and tagged.
PRESERVES: The color and flavor must be natural to the fruit. Syrup must be clear and thick, the pieces of fruit firm and whole. You have the option to provide 1/2 pint jar for display and one smaller jar, for sampling, both properly sealed and tagged.
MARMALADES: Have the color as natural to the fruit as possible. Small, thin pieces of fruit in clear thick syrup is desirable. Not too much or too little sugar. You have the option to provide 1/2 pint jar for display and one smaller jar, for sampling, both properly sealed and tagged.
MEATS: Broth should come to 1” from top. Meat should be packed consistently. Meats must be pres-sure canned.
BUTTERS: Should be pureed with no chunks and about the consistency of thick honey. All canned food should be natural color, no coloring added.
DRIED FOODS: Color, characteristic and shape are important, Jar should contain little amount of air
DIVISION 001 – BREAD
Only whole loaves will be accepted. No mini loaves.
001 – Yeast bread – non-machine made
002 – Yeast bread – machine made
003 – Non-yeast bread
DIVISION 002 – LOAF OR BUNDT CAKE
Cake must be on disposable container such as cardboard on cake round.
Only whole cakes will be accepted.DIVISION 003 – LAYER CAKE
Only whole cakes will be accepted. No whipped cream frostings or frosting with uncooked egg.
DIVISION 004 - DECORATED CAKES Special Rules for Division 004
Anyone who sells cakes from home kitchens, teaches cake decorating, who is now teaching or has taught in the past is considered professional when more than 10% of his/her income is made from such activity. This rule also applies to Bakery and Restaurant decorators.
Decorated cakes of questionable subject or theme by the judges will not be judged or displayed. Cake separators are not considered part of the decoration on the cake. No whipped cream frosting or frosting with uncooked egg products. Decorated cakes must be movable and completely finished be-fore bringing to the Home Arts Culinary Department. Sheet cakes not to exceed 12”X18”. Tiered cakes not to exceed 27” in height, including decorations.
004 – Professional
005 – Non Professional
DIVISION 005 – COOKIES AND BROWNIES
Six (6) each
DIVISION 006 – PIES
Pies must be on disposable container such as paper or aluminum plate.
DIVISION 007 – HOMEMADE CANDIES
Amateurs Only (Not less than 7 pieces)
DIVISION 008 – MISCELLANEOUS BAKED GOODS
For example, cupcakes, edible houses, doughnuts etc.
DIVISION 009 – CANNED FRUIT
DIVISION 010 – PRESERVES
Fruit cooked with sugar so as to keep its shape.
DIVISION 011 – JAMS
Fruit boiled with sugar to a thick consistency, without preserving the shape of the fruit.
DIVISION 012 – JELLY
A clear food preparation of soft, elastic consistency due to the presence of pectin, etc, as fruit juice boiled down with sugar.
DIVISION 013 – MARMALADES AND CONSERVES
Marmalade should be clear, jelly like preserve with fruit, usually citrus, suspended in small pieces. Con-serves should be a mixture of several fruits, cooked to jam-like consistency with sugar, addition of nuts optional.
DIVISION 014 – MISCELLANEOUS
For example, vinegars, juices, syrups etc.
DIVISION 015 – PICKLES, RELISHES AND SPICED FRUIT
DIVISION 016 – CANNED VEGETABLES
DIVISION 017 – CANNED MEAT
DIVISION 018 – RECIPES MADE WITH HONEY
DIVISION 019 – DRIED FRUITS, VEGETABLES ETC
Dried herbs must be exhibited in spice size jars
DIVISION 020 – GIFT BASKET
Assemble a gift basket with 5 different types of spreads. One (1) each: jam, jelly, conserve, marmalade, and preserves.They may be the same flavor, but must be of a different type of processing.