Cool, upcoming cooking and homebrew contests: Win money, fame and bragging rights

(Last Updated On: 05/01/2011)

If you have the motivation and courage to put yourself and your creative juices up for analysis, there are some interesting (and somewhat profitable) contests coming up for entry in May. Check ’em out.

  • Sam Adams Longshot American Homebrew Competition

Can you make a mean bathtub brew? Proud of your hoppy ales? This contest is open to creative, amateur homebrewers who are over 21. You’ll have to ship four bottles of your beer (lots of categories to choose from) by May 20th. If you’re chosen as a Grand Champion, you’ll have to reveal your recipe though.

The Prize: Four finalists will win a trip for 2 to the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado where the two Grand Champs will be announced. These two lucky folk will have their beer brewed by Sam Adams and included in the Longshot 2011 six-pack. Plus $5000 royalty. MORE DETAILS.

  • Real Women of Philadelphia

This one bears the fantastic opportunity of breaking through on television (and rubbing elbows with Paula Deen). The contest is sponsored by (you guessed it) Philadelphia Cream Cheese and asks that you prepare an entree dish using their cream cheese as an ingredient. Must be completed in one hour or less. Beginning May 16,  you have to put your mug in front of a camera and videotape yourself preparing the dish. Length: between 1 and 10 minutes. Must be submitted by May 22. This is an eight-week competition and each week has a different food theme.

Live Competition/Prize: 16 finalists will be flown to Savannah, Georgia to compete June 27 through July 1, 2011. Four winners become a “Real Women of Philadelphia Host” for 6 months and receive $25,000 as a W-2 employee starting on August 1, 2011. Also involves being their wonk for a while, but this could be fun. MORE DETAILS.

  • Most Delicious Dish Recipe

Contest sponsored by The Florida Tomato Committee. Submit an original recipe for any type of dish that features tomatoes (from Florida, I would imagine). Creative photos get bonus points. They give monthly prizes of $500 to the best recipe. This month’s deadline is May 20. MORE DETAILS.

  • Gallo Family Vineyards Family Recipe Contest

Create an original recipe serving 4-6 people which includes common ingredients. You also must write an essay  (150 words max) that tells the story of how the recipe celebrates your family traditions and history. Enter by May 31.

Prize: The Grand Prize winner gets a professional family portrait photo session with his/her family members who are 21 years of age or older (hey, this is an alcohol-related company), one framed 11” x 17” print, and the opportunity for the portrait to appear in an ad in the October 2011 issue of Taste of Home Magazine and on the Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook Page (value: $2,500). MORE DETAILS.

Do you homebrew your own beer with pride? Enter it in this contest.  Ship 4 bottles of your brew to this contest and keep an additional 3 available (will be needed if you advance to the next label). Your bottles must arrive within the designated time frame. There are a number of categories in which you can enter.  You only reveal your ingredients at time of entry if you are in certain categories. Grand Champions must agree to reveal their recipes.


Open to amateur brewers who are age 21 or older.

PRIZES 4 Finalist Prizes: trip for 2 to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) where the two (2) Grand Champion winners will be announced. Includes round-trip airfare from the major airport nearest the winner’s residence to Colorado, accommodations, meals and entrance to the GABF.
2 Grand Champions: will have their beer brewed and bottled by The Boston Beer Company and included in the 2012 LongShot® Variety six-pack. If the product is brought to market and made available to American beer drinkers, the homebrewer will receive a one time royalty of $5000.
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