Personal Skills – Baking

Baking Exhibits

Connecticut’s largest confection collection! The Durham Fair Baking Competition yields the best in culinary creativity and craftsmanship with over 400 entries fresh out of Connecticut kitchens. Treat yourself to a tour of prize winning cookies, bars, decorated cakes, pies and quick breads, all competitively created for this coveted blue ribbon bake-off! Be sure to stop by our new Durham Fair Country Kitchen with expert demonstrations, tips, techniques and traditions for making award-winning pie crusts, brownies, breads and more!

New for 2019!

  • Celebrate 100 years of the Durham Fair by creating a collection of 3 different baked goods representing the past 100 years of the Durham Fair, artfully displayed on a board, basket or tray no larger than 12". Entries will be judged on appearance and creativity, continuity of Durham Fair Heritage theme, Taste and Presentation.
  • Decorated Cakes are back in the form of an 8" decorated round cake, celebrating 100 years of the Durham Fair. Entry must be displayed on a 12" round cake board, not exceed a height of 12", and must be completely edible (no Styrofoam etc).
  • Cheese cake (9") with fruit topping
  • Sweet Potato Pie
  • King Arthur Flour is sponsoring 1916 Mallow Bars with additional prizes to include gift certificates.
  • This year’s Court of Honor recipe is Heartwarming Gingerbread from the kitchen of Henry & Gramma Coe.
  • Anything Coconut class to be judged live on Thursday at 6:00 pm.

Exhibit Highlights

  • State Apple Pie & State Baking Contest
  • Largest Baking Competition in Connecticut
  • Over 400 entries on display
FRIDAY, September 27, 2019
4:00 PM Baking Bread Fundamentals: presented by Chef Jonathan Miller
Presidents' Hall, Personal Skills Demonstration Area
SATURDAY, September 28, 2019
1:00 PM How To Bake with Squash: presented by Chef Jamie Roraback
Presidents' Hall, Personal Skills Demonstration Area
SUNDAY, September 29, 2019
3:00 PM Trade Secrets of a Perfect Pie Crust: presented by Chef Jonathan Miller
Presidents' Hall, Personal Skills Demonstration Area



Court of Honor

The Court of Honor class honors local bakers by sharing one of their recipes for exhibitors to make and submit.

Recipes from Previous Years: