Great Southern Bake Off Details

Important Deadlines & Times

The appropriate registration fee of $55 must be submitted online no later than 11:59 PM EST on Thursday October 31, 2019. NO late entries will be accepted once registration has closed.

This year’s competition will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM in The Ultimate Sugar Show Vendor Hall at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Competitors are required to check-in and set-up between 10:45 AM and 12:45 PM in the Vendor Hall. Set up will end promptly at 12:45 PM.

During the set-up process, competitors are asked to neatly display their servings along their provided front facing table space. PLEASE NOTE: Although competitors are required to provide servings in a 4 oz serving cup, they should still remain mindful of their table presentation. 

We strongly discourage prepping serving cups inside of the Vendor Hall. Servings should be pre-sliced/dished prior to entering the Vendor Hall.

Competition Requirements

Participants must prepare at least 1 item from the 5 dessert categories listed below. Participants are allowed to compete in more than one dessert category

Dessert Categories:

Southern Pound Cake ~ Peach Cobbler ~ Red Velvet ~ Southern Chocolate Dessert (Any Style) ~ Holiday Cookie (Any Flavor)

Competitors are required to provide at least 207, 4 oz servings from at least one category in order to compete. For consistency, all competitors are required to provide their dessert servings in a 4 oz serving cup.

Sample of appropriately sized serving cup. 

Competitors are required to provide signage to identify the dessert category & any potential allergen risks. Failure to provide the appropriate signage will result in removal from the competition

Competitors must provide a printed copy of their recipe for judging purposes only. This information will not be released to the public.

Competition Provisions

Competitors will be provided one front 6 foot table with black tablecloth for displaying & handing out competition servings.

Competitors will be provided one rear 6 foot table with black tablecloth to serve as storage and workspace.

Competitors will be provided a 8.5”x11” table sign which will include the company name or Chef's name.

Four Weekend passes are will be provided to the competitor & up to 3 assistants beginning November 9. Passes should be picked up at the registration desk prior to or during check-in on November 10.

No storage, no refrigeration, no sinks (except in adjacent restrooms) and no electricity will be available in the competition area.

Any entries that are deemed inappropriate, in poor taste or potentially hazardous in the opinion of the judges will be eliminated from judging and potentially could be removed from the competition.

Attendee Participation

Attendees will purchase an empty container which entitles them to receive a maximum of 6 servings from the entire competition.

Stickers will be provided to each competitor that will be placed on the outside of the attendee's container so that they can keep track of the number of competition samples they've received.

The proceeds from the Great Southern Bake Off will go to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Upon purchasing an empty container, attendees will also be provided a voting ticket. Between 1 PM and 3 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2019, attendees with a voting ticket can cast a vote for their favorite overall competitor/dessert.

The winner of this vote will receive the Great Southern Bake Off's People's Choice award.

Judging & Winner Selection

Competitors have the opportunity to win one or more of the following titles:

  • Best Southern Pound Cake
  • Best Peach Cobbler
  • Best Red Velvet
  • Best Southern Chocolate Dessert
  • Best Holiday Cookie
  • Best Overall Dessert
  • People's Choice

Excluding the People's Choice, the winners of each Great Southern Bake Off category will be decided by a panel of distinguished and qualified culinary professionals.

Attendees who purchase a Great Southern Bake Off container will also be provided a voting ticket to cast their vote for their favorite dessert.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which starts at 4 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2019. It is not necessary for participants to be present to receive awards, although it is strongly encouraged.

Prizes include a commemorative plaque, recognition on our online platforms, and of course bragging rights!

Additional Details

Visit the official Ultimate Sugar Show website to the discover the complete details around the three main Regional Competitions at The Ultimate Sugar Show.