St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church
Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America
Denton, Texas
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Octoberfest 2023
2023 Contest Information

Chili Cookoff - Judge's Choice
- Must cook at least 6qt of chili; chili should be in a crockpot or instant pot to keep warm throughout contest
- No restrictions on ingredients (beans are allowed)
- When turning in, please designate spice level: mild, medium, spicy, extra spicy
- Judges will taste approximately 1-2oz per entry
- Judging will be based on Taste, Texture, and Appearance

Dessert Contest - Judge's Choice, Three Categories will be awarded: Best Appearance; Best Taste; Overall
- All desserts allowed: pies, cakes, cookies, bars, etc.
- Must provide at least 3 servings
- Overall Category will be judged on Taste, Texture, and Appearance

Pumpkin Decorating Contests - Judge's Choice, Enter One of Three Categories: Fanciest; Silliest; Most Artistic, plus People's Choice for Most Creative
- Pumpkins can be carved, painted, etc.

Contest Schedule
2-2:30pm - Check-in
2:30-3pm - Judging
3-3:30pm - Pumpkin people’s choice
3:30pm - Winner announcements, followed by blessing of food

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