Contest Rules


Romantic Willimantic “Let Them Eat Cake” Chocolate Cake Contest Rules and Guidelines

(contest occurs in conjunction with the Chocolate Chip Stroll)


1.  Cakes must be chocolate!  Chocolate of any kind is acceptable i.e. milk, white, dark, etc.  Please place your cake on a non-returnable/non-breakable plate.  We are not responsible for lost/broken plates.


2.  Age categories are as follows;

  • Child (up to 12 Years of age),
  • Young Adult (13-19 Years),
  • Adult (20 years old and Up),
  • Willimantic-themed cake
  • Professional (new category)

Entrants in the child category may have an adult to assist them in baking their cake as well as completing it (frosting, dusting, etc.).  As much as possible, entries should be the sole work of the entrant.  There is one category for Willimantic-themed cake; this cake will be judged solely on appearance.  If a person makes cake and is paid to make/decorate them, this would qualify them as being in the professional category.


3.  One entry per person.


4.  Entries will be judged on taste (50%), Texture (25%), Appearance (10%), and Creativity/Presentation (15%).


5. Prizes will be awarded for best in age category, best Willimantic themed cake, and best professional cake.  If you are making cakes and people are paying you for them, you have a bakery, and/or make cakes as a job, you would be considered professional.    Theme cakes may be entered for decoration only.  Please specify.  Other prizes may be awarded as possible.


6. Pre-registration is $5 per cake (check written out to “Willimantic Renaissance”) due to;

Ruth R. Hartunian-Alumbaugh,

Taste of Home Field Editor 

227 Lewiston Ave.

Willimantic, CT.  06226

Please specify "Cake Contest" on the bottom of the check.  Include your name, address, phone number, and age category you want to enter in.  Pre-registration deadline is February 7th (postmark).

Cakes will be accepted for competition on the day of the event for a fee of $10.  Fees go towards competition prizes and Chocolate Fest organizational costs. 


7.  Persons who are related to judges or personnel involved in the competition may not enter the contest.


8.  Cakes must come with a list of ingredients provided the day of the competition.  This will ensure prospective cake bidders allergy information, if needed.


9. Cakes must be dropped off at the Keri Gallery (861 Main St.) between 9 and 10 am on Saturday, February 9th.   Please let the person in charge know if your cake may be auctioned off when the contest is over.  Cakes that are auctioned off will help provide funding for future Chocolate Festivals.  Your cake will be accepted, and all necessary paper work will be completed. 


  1. Prizes will be awarded at 2:00pm at the Kerri Gallery.  Please be present and take your cake home upon completion of the competition.  Any cakes not claimed will be discarded.  You will be provided with feedback sheets from the judges so you can know what they thought about your cake and so you will be prepared for future contests!


  1. Cakes that are bid on MUST be picked up by 2:30pm or they will be devoured or taken home by random people.


For more information, call Ruth R. Hartunian-Alumbaugh, Taste of Home Field Editor, at  (860)423-9156 (land line). 



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