OFFICIAL AMATEUR CONTEST RULES & GUIDELINES
Think you have the winning beer cheese recipe? This is your chance to put your beer cheese to the test, and turn your winning recipe into cash in your pocket! Please read below for the official rules.
Amateur entry forms available soon!
|1. The Beer Cheese Festival Amateur Beer Cheese Contest winner is determined by a panel of judges through a blind taste test. Entries will be submitted in an approved BCF numbered container provided by the contest organizer.|
|2. Amateur Contestants must bring their beer cheese sample (about 8-12 tbs) to City Hall (32 Wall Street) between 9:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the contest.|
|3. Official BCF numbered containers will be presented to each contestant on arrival. Each container will consist of one container with 3 soufflé cups inside. Once received, cups and container will be assigned a number, and a master log will be kept by one person, matching the entrant to the sample. This is to ensure blind judging.|
|4. Amateur Contestants are responsible for transferring their beer cheese samples into the 3 numbered souffle cups and then placing those souffle cups into the container.|
|5. Each Official BCF container shall include the following: 3 individual samples of beer cheese. No other garnishments, or items may be present in the official box. If other items are present the beer cheese will be disqualified.|
|6. Official judging will begin at 12:00 p.m. on contest day inside City Hall. Judging area with be closed off to public during this time.|
|7. Judges may not fraternize with teams on turn-in day until conclusion of judging.|
|8. Judging will be done by a panel of 3 persons.|
|9. Each judge will score each entry for appearance, smell, texture, and taste before moving on to the next entry.|
|10. The scoring system is from 25 (Excellent) to 5 (Bad).|
|11. All whole numbers between five and 25 may be used to score an entry. 10 is the starting point.|
|12. A score of four (4) is a disqualification and requires approval by a Contest Rep.|
|13. Judges will only be offered water to cleanse pallet at time of judging.|
|14. All scoring should start with 10 and then go from there. 10 being average. If the entry is below average it will be scored accordingly, and if it’s better than average, of course a higher number will be assigned.|
|15. Comment cards will be used and the judges are encouraged to fill them out. Comment cards are confidential and are not available to contestants.|
Grounds for disqualification:
Unapproved garnish, marked turn-in container, foreign object in container, fewer than 3 samples of beer cheese.
Tallying of Votes
Judging will end by 3 p.m.
Votes will be tallied after judges have submitted their votes to official BCF Contest Rep.
Announcements & Awards
The winner of the Judges Choice and People’s Choice Awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the contest.
Official Winners will be able to claim their prizes at this time.
Comment Cards will be available to pick up after the announcement of the winner on the courthouse steps from an official BCF Contest Organizer. Official judging scores will not be available for review.
The Amateur Beer Cheese Contest winner receives $50 and an engraved trophy!