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NOTE: Bakers or businesses attempting to enter more than one division or entering more than one recipe per category will be disqualified with no refund of fees.

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Contest Terms and Conditions

Are your butter tarts worthy of being crowned the BEST in Ontario?

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival 2022 Contest Terms and Conditions

All entries will be completed online via www.buttertartfestival.ca


RULES AND CONDITIONS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All entries, regardless of division, must be baked in a CERTIFIED KITCHEN. This means home/amateur bakers CAN NOT bake their tarts in their home kitchen unless it is certified by their local health unit.

We serve the contest butter tarts to our judges and the public and we need to follow guidelines set out by the health unit.

If you are a home/amateur baker you can contact your local health unit for a list of certified kitchens in your area.

When tarts are delivered, bakers must provide proof (approved certificate from the health unit) that their entry/entries were baked in a certified kitchen.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Contest date is June 11, 2022 and the decision of our judges is final.
  • The contest will be open for entry on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 1 p.m. We strongly recommend entering ASAP due to high interest in this competition. Only online entries will be accepted. The entry fee is $25 per category.
  • The entry deadline for the contest is May 20, 2022 at 4 p.m., unless we reach our maximum number of entries before this date.
  • Butter tarts for the contest must be delivered in person to the Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street, Midland (use the Elizabeth Street entrance) on Friday, June 10 between 3 and 7 p.m. Exceptions will only be granted at the discretion of the festival organizer. If you require an exception, you must contact 705-526-4275 ext. 3206 by May 20, 2022. Requests for exceptions will not be considered after this date.
  • The contest will be held in Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre. The Traditional division will be judged between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and the Wild Style division will be judged between 1 and 3 p.m. Best in Show will be judged starting at 3:15 p.m. and the winners announced at 3:30 p.m.
  • Contestants must adhere to any COVID-19 public health guidelines which may be in place when delivering tarts on June 10, 2022 and during the contest on June 11, 2022. This may include, but is not limited to wearing a mask, distancing from others and providing proof of vaccination. Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival will contact all contest entrants via email the week prior to the festival with an update on any public health guidelines which may be in place.


HOW TO PLACE YOURSELF

  • Professional bakers: Your baking skills pay the bills. Whether you work in a bakery or not, you make money from making tasty things.
  • Amateur/home bakers: You bake for fun or for love. You’ve got the skills, but aren’t professionally trained and you don’t have a main income source from selling your baking.


2022 CATEGORIES & DIVISIONS

We will have two categories in 2022: 

  • Traditional: We probably have the same ideas that come to mind when we think of a Traditional Butter Tart…plain, maple, walnut, pecan, raisin, and coconut. 
  • Wild Style: It’s still a butter tart, but you’ve added a twist with a non-traditional ingredient or two.

We will have two divisions in 2022: 

Traditional Butter Tart – Professional and Amateur/home bakers
Wild Style Butter Tart – Professional and Amateur/home bakers

  1. The Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Contest is open to any individual who has reached the age of majority (18). Applicants must be residents of Ontario or businesses operating in the province of Ontario. 
  2. Tarts must be made by the person/business listed on the application. All tarts, including those baked by amateur/home bakers, MUST BE MADE IN A CERTIFIED KITCHEN.
  3. Entry applications must be accompanied by the entry fee and will only be accepted online. Hand-delivered or mailed applications will not be accepted.
  4. The entry fee is $25 per flavor category, with a limit of one entry per baker per flavor category.
  5. Each entry will be assigned a number, thus enabling a “blind” judging. No judge or contestant may be privy to their assigned number during the contest. Contestants who attempt to learn their assigned number(s) will be asked to leave, forfeiting their entry and entry fee. Entries identified will be disqualified and the entry fee will be forfeited.
  6. In the interest of preserving contestant entry anonymity, no contestant shall enter the backstage area where butter tarts are sorted and where judge’s scores are tallied. No contestant shall linger by the doors to the back entrance of Rotary Hall, or by the contestant registration table.
  7. Entries will be disqualified for the following reasons, and at the sole discretion of the festival staff and judging panel:
    • Branding or identification on butter tarts
    • Indication that tarts submitted have not been prepared by the entrant whose name appears on the application
    • Not providing proof that tarts were baked in a certified kitchen
    • Tarts are not regular size (no mini or bite-size)
    • Tarts that are not delivered to the contest by an adult
    • Fewer than the specified number of tart submitted
    • Incomplete contest entry form or unpaid entry fee
  8. Butter tarts will be evaluated by two panels of 12 judges on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre. Traditional tarts will be judged starting at 10 a.m. and Wild Style tarts will be judged starting at 1 p.m. The Best in Show tart will be determined by a panel of 3 judges starting at 3:15 p.m.
  9. Evaluation will be determined based on a pre-determined written judging criteria. Two first, second, and third place winners will be selected from both flavor divisions – one set from each the professional and amateur/home bakers. The decision of all of our judges, including the Best in Show judges, is final.
  10. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    • Traditional – Amateur/home bakers 1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100
    • Traditional – Professional bakers 1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100
    • Wild Style – Amateur/home bakers 1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100
    • Wild Style – Professional bakers 1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100 
    • Best in Show (selected from 1st place finishers in above four divisions and categories) - $500
  11. No contestant tarts shall be sold inside the Midland Cultural Centre. A select number of contest tarts will be pre-cut and shared with those in the audience.
  12. Entrants unconditionally grant the Town of Midland the rights to all image media of their entry and of the accompanying adults in whole or in part, for any advertising or promotional purposes whatsoever in any and all types of media. The entrant’s name will be included whenever it is used.
  13. Entries should be delivered in DISPOSABLE CONTAINERS. Please do not submit your entries in anything other than a disposable container as we will not be responsible for returning any Tupperware, service trays, muffin tins, etc. Please have your entry packed and ready for submission PRIOR to your arrival at the Midland Cultural Centre.
  14. Entrants must deliver 42 of the same butter tart per category entered. Some of the tarts will be eaten during the contest and some will be sold as “contest tarts” as part of the festival. The funds generated from the sale of the “contest tarts” are applied to the cost of operating the contest and festival. Contestants are not compensated for supplying these butter tarts.
  15. Registration will take place via www.buttertartfestival.ca/EnterTheContest and payment must be received at the time of registration. There will be no refund of entry fees if a registrant does not deliver their tarts on the appropriate day and/or time or cancels their participation in the contest.
  16. Questions regarding the contest, contest rules or entry registration procedure may be directed to buttertartfestival@midland.ca or 705-526-4275 ext. 3206.

Good luck to all of our entrants and happy baking!

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