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Who Makes the Best Pecan Pie?

Green Valley Pecan - Photo by Dan LamontDo you know someone that makes the best pecan pie? Or do you have THE recipe that everyone raves about? Let it be known to all and register for the Pecan Pie Contest at this year’s Sahuarita Pecan Festival. The cost is $10 (includes 1 lbs bag of Green Valley Pecans) and open to all ages. Registration forms can be picked up at Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue in Sahuarita or download the form online. Bring 2 pies, (1 for presentation display and 1 for judging) between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Please read full rules below.

The 2014 Pecan Pie Contest is sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue! Mama’s menu features traditional Hawaiian Plate Lunches, Homemade desserts and a daily special with island flair. Mama’s serves the full menu seven days a week. Visit the Sahuarita location or the 3 others around Tucson.

Contest Rules  |  Registration Form

Sahuarita Pecan Festival Pecan Pie Contest Rules

  1. Enter Pie
    a. Registration forms can be picked up at Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue in Sahuarita or online. There is a $10.00 fee to enter contest and must be paid at time of registration at the Rancho Sahuarita Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue location only. Contestants will also receive a 1 lbs bag of Green Valley Pecans for their pies when they pay their registration.
    i. Pies must be entered in the name of the person who made it.
    ii. Acknowledge that the entered pies become the property of the Sahuarita Pecan Festival and that you do not get your pie or pie pan back.
    iii. If you are a winner, you give your permission to have your photo taken during the announcement ceremony and have it used for Festival promotional materials, including the website and Facebook.
    b. Bring two pies (one for presentation display and one for judging) to the contest site (contest table will be in entertainment area, VIP Tucson Originals tent) between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the Sahuarita Pecan Festival.
    c. NO PIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT MAMA’S HAWAIIAN BBQ. You must deliver your pie on Saturday, November 8, 2014 to the stage area – Tucson Originals VIP Tent.
    d. One general parking pass is given for parking. Please be aware of major construction and delays and plan delivery on Saturday, November 8 accordingly.
    e. ABOSOLUTELY NO PIES THAT REQUIRE REFRIGERATION (i.e. dairy or cream). The person running the Pie Contest will have the final say on acceptability of pies.
    f. A copy of your pie recipe is required. It may be used in future festival promotions. It will be posted on our Facebook pages as well.
    g. All contest entrants will receive a “PIE BAKER” ribbon.
  2. Categories
    a. Adult
    b. Youth (Max. age = 18)
  3. Prizes
    i. 1st Place ribbon and $100 gift card and $50 gift card to Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue.
    ii. 2nd Place ribbon and $50 gift card, $50 gift card to Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue.
    iii. 3rd Place ribbon and $25 gift card to Mama’s Hawaiian Barbecue.
  4. Judging
    a. Judging will start at about 12:00 pm. It is closed to general public.
    b. Criteria
    i. Overall appearance
    ii. Crust
    iii. Taste
    iv. Amount of pecans used
    c. Scoring
    i. Each judge assigns a numerical value (1-10) in each criteria category, without consultation with the other judges.
    ii. The pie receiving the highest total numerical value is the winner.
    iii. In the case of a tie, the judges will judge those pies again.
    d. Winners will be announced after the judging is complete.