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Classic Cookie's Annual Cookie Festival

The Sweet Way We Are Celebrating Classic Cookie's 40th Anniversary in 2024!

Apr 27, 2024, 1:00 PM EDT

Presented By

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Blueberry Cookies
Homemade Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meet The Sweet Judges

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Stephanie Foley


Smoky Mountain School of Cooking

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"The First Timer's Cookbook"

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Charlie Bob


Entertainer & Owner

Local Eatery & Grill

Competition Rules

  1. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  2. No professional qualifications, licenses, or certifications are required to compete.

  3. The competition is open to all amateur and professional cookie bakers. The cookies must be the sole work of the individual entering, with the exception of children under 12 who may have help with baking equipment, measuring, and other reasonable parts of the cookie-making process.

  4. All cookies entered must be baked at a clean location, not on festival grounds. There will be absolutely no baking or cooking on festival grounds for any competitor's recipe.

  5. Each recipe entered must have 12 cookies brought for the competition. 10 of these cookies you will have cut into 6 pieces and sampled by our professional judges and crowd judges. Please bring these cookies precut to the event and ready for distribution. The other 2 cookies will displayed at your spot on the table. Please display your cookies on a disposable or recyclable plate.

  6. Each cookie must weigh no less than 1oz (28.35g) and measure no less than 2.5 inches in diameter

  7. Entries must be submitted on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST. Entries may NOT be removed before Saturday, April 27 at 5:00 PM EST. Entries will need to be picked up or donated to the Classic Cookie between 5:15 and 6:00 PM on April 27. If you donate your entry to Classic Cookie, they may display or discard it.

  8. Please list all ingredients and allergens stated in your registration form. This will help Classic Cookie Festival staff make professional and crowd judges aware before they ingest something they are allergic to. Ingredients and allergens will be listed next to your cookie submission display. You do not have to list any measurements or anything else about the recipe outside of these things.

  9. Business or contact cards are only allowed next to your entry after all judging is complete on April 27. You must provide the business cards and any display to hold them to put next to your entry for festival attendees to take if they are interested.

  10. Classic Cookie Festival staff, venue owners, venue staff, festival vendors, sponsors, and volunteers will not be responsible for any damage from pests to your cookies.

  11. You may enter multiple entries in your Division. You must purchase one ticket for every cookie recipe that you submit in your division.

  12. Children, juniors, and teens are welcome to submit entries into the higher Adult Division instead of the Youth Division if they wish to do so, but they will be charged and judged as an adult entering that higher Division.

  13. Taking inspiration from the techniques or work of others is acceptable. Exact replications of others' recipes are not acceptable.

  14. Entries will be judged on three main categories: originality, taste, and presentation. The judges have sole discretion in how they judge each cookie recipe.

  15. All parts of the cookie must be edible including any decoration on the presentation.

  16. No copyrighted or trademarked characters, logos, or likenesses of any kind are allowed.

  17. Classic Cookie Festival staff and Judges reserve the right to reclassify entries.

  18. Discriminatory, pornographic, or other entries deemed offensive to Classic Cookie Festival's family-friendly atmosphere as deemed by festival staff and/or Judges, will be disqualified and removed.

  19. Every effort is made to have entrants place their entries where they will remain until the entrant takes their cookies home; however, Classic Cookie Festival staff and Judges reserve the right to move entries if required. This will be done with the utmost care.

  20. Classic Cookie, Classic Cookie Festival staff, volunteers, vendors, venue owners, venue staff, or sponsors will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items. We will take every precaution we can to ensure that your cookies are safe.

  21. Judging will be done by the point-scoring method with highly qualified culinary experts selected by Classic Cookie. Judges' decisions will be final, and they are not required to award first, second, and third if they feel the entries do not warrant it.

  22. Each entrant grants Classic Cookie, and Classic Cookie Festival a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sublicensable, and transferable right and license to use, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, and publically display any photos taken by staff, volunteers, or contractors.

  23. Entrants are responsible for any and all safety issues pertaining to their entries and absolve Mannon Specialty Foods, Inc., Classic Cookie, Classic Cookie Festival, event staff, event volunteers, birthday venue owners, venue staff, festival vendors, and sponsors of any liability related to damage caused to persons or property by their entry.

  24. Awards will be announced at the end of the Classic Cookie Festival via social media. You may collect your prize when you come to pick up your cookies at the end of the event.

  25. All taxes on any prize(s) won are the sole responsibility of each winner, including, without limitation, any federal, state, or local taxes that may be deemed applicable in such winner’s jurisdiction of residence.

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