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Pumpkin Dessert Contest

October 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Pumpkin Dessert Contest 2019

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta is pleased to invite all chefs, bakers, and wannabe Food Network stars to enter this year’s Pumpkin Dessert Contests (adult and junior division competitions). This yummy event will be held on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend, at Skidompha Library.

Please click here to download the dessert contest registration form.

**Pre-registration is required.

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, semifreddos, crepes, strudels — are eligible but they must include fresh, frozen, or canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie spice alone does not count. If flour is used in the recipe, it must be King Arthur Flour.

See below for recipes & dessert photos from prior years.

Contestants are required to provide two of their desserts — one for judging and one for tasting. All contestants must provide their own plates, platters, and decorations if desired, as well as serving utensils. Desserts must be dropped off at Skidompha between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., on Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. Contestants and the public will then be asked to leave, and the doors will be closed at 11:15am when the judging begins.

Winners will be announced at 1:15 p.m. The prize schedules follow:


(Adult – AGE 13+)

1st. Place: $150 + King Arthur Flour’s “Baker’s Companion” Cookbook + trophy & ribbon

2nd. Place: $100 + King Arthur Flour’s “Baker’s Companion” Cookbook + trophy & ribbon

3rd. Place: $50 + King Arthur Flour’s “Baker’s Companion” Cookbook + trophy & ribbon

(Junior – AGE: 8-12)

1st. Place: $100 + King Arthur Flour’s “Cookie Companion” Cookbook + trophy + ribbon

2nd. Place: $ 75 + King Arthur Flour’s “Cookie Companion” Cookbook + trophy + ribbon

3rd. Place: $ 50 + King Arthur Flour’s “Cookie Companion” Cookbook + trophy + ribbon


Samples will be sold on Main Street for $2 each or $5 for three selections.

For questions or additional information about the Pumpkin Dessert Contest, please email  dessert-contest@damariscottapumpkinfest.com

For information on Pumpkinfest events, please click here for a printable event schedule, or email info@damariscottapumpkinfest.com .

Sponsors: Mexicali Blues / Mid-Coast Energy Systems / 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

Fall Harvest Pumpkin Brownies


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October 12, 2019
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Skidompha Library
184 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543 United States
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