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Pumpkin Dessert Contest

October 12 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Congratulations to our winners of the 2018 Pumpkinfest Dessert Contest!

Adult Division: Nancy Chick and Junior Division: Reese Nelson


Their dessert entries were selected from a panel of judges consisting of Guest Judge Patricia Tennison, Reporter and editor for Chicago Tribune, cookbook author, restaurant reviewer for The Chicago Tribune, Founder and director of Paris Writing Cafe, adjunct writing professor at National Louis University; Karen Hammond, Professional food, wine, and travel writer for The Boston Globe and restaurant reviewer for two regional magazines, and Robert Skoglund, a.k. a. the Humble Farmer, a local Mainer and radio star.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Hopefully, we will see you next year!

A HUGE thank you to all our contestants who entered! It was a wonderful turn out of sweet delectables!

2018 Contest Results


1st Place – Nancy Chick, Great Pumpkin Crunch Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

2nd Place – Sarah Godfrey, Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake

3rd Place – Echo Hardwick, Mini Pumpkin Cakes


1st Place – Reese Nelson, White Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

2nd Place – Abby Kopp, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

3rd Place – Sophia Drum, Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake



This yummy event is free to enter and pits all chefs, bakers, and wannabe Food Network stars in the Pumpkin Dessert Contest. Cash prizes, trophies and cookbooks will be awarded!  Preregistration is required.

Register by Wednesday, Oct 9th.  Full rules and forms are located here or in-person at Skidompha Library.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Drop off entries for judging in Porter Hall at Skidompha Library.

1:15 p.m. – Results Announced/Tastings Sold – Theater Street Busker Stage

All types of pumpkin desserts — pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, shortbreads, puddings, crisps, clafoutis, cobblers, tarts, candies, mousse, souffles, ice creams, tortes, trifles, creme caramels, flans, semi-freddos, crepes, strudels — are eligible but they must include fresh, frozen, or canned pumpkin.

Pumpkin pie spice alone does not count.

Sponsors: Mexicali Blues / King Arthur Flour

2018 Entries

Barnstead Pumpkin Walnut Streusel Bars

Brown Butter Pumpkin layer Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake

Double Filled Pumpkin Mini-Roll 

Earl Gray Pumpkin Maple Cake

Epic Pumpkin – Toffee Spoon Cake

Great Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Mini Pumpkin Cakes

Pumpkin and Blueberry Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Biscotti

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Eaters Bars

Pumpkin Lasagna

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cream Cheese

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies

The Great Pumpkin Pecan Tart

White Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

Prior Year Entries

Bourbon Pumpkin Tart

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Cake

Marble Bundt Cake

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Pemaquid Pumpkin Caramels

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes

Maple Mushroom Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Carrot Cake

Pumpkin Maple Walnut Dessert Sauce

Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake

Pumpkin Praline Trifle

Pumpkin Roll with Pumpkin Filling

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

The Great Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cake

Toffee Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

Tropical Pumpkin Pie

Holiday Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Sugared Up Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin Torte

Pumpkin Ice Box Pie


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October 12
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Skidompha Library
184 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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