Pawpaw Cookoff

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017
11:15 a.m.

(Winners announced after 12:15 presentation)

Prepared dishes must be delivered to the pop-up tent just outside of the Pawpaw Tent from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Sunday. You will need to have three BITE-SIZED samples available for judging by 10:45 a.m. The rest of the prepared dish will be sampled by the crowd.  Entrants in the Sauces/Condiments category are encouraged to provide a small sample containing just the sauce to be judged when they enter the sample served in combination with other foods.

First-place winners in each category will receive a plaque and cash prize of $100. Second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $75 and $50 respectively, as well as a plaque.

This year's categories are:

Entries will be scored from 1 - 5 for the following. Those with the highest points win the prizes!

Food Safety

Please make sure that you are using RIPE pawpaw to prepare your dishes!  Unripe pawpaws can create stomach upset.  Ripe pawpaws are soft with a yellow skin that may be bruised.

Those entering food products containing milk, eggs, mayonnaise, or other ingredients that create a risk for food-borne illness (e.g., puddings, cream pies, creamed sauces, etc.) must provide a cooler and ice to keep their entry safe for the judges. Judges will decline to taste food products that they believe may be unsafe.)  If you have questions about what foods may be considered unsafe, please contact

2017 Pawpaw Cookoff Entry Form

Click here to preregister online. Or, click here to download a pawpaw cookoff entry form to bring to the festival.