A display of six gingerbread or sugar cookies which follow "A Southern Holiday" theme or showcase Southern Holiday traditions.
In this category, competitors are asked to create a half dozen gingerbread or sugar cookies. These cookies can be any shape or size. They can also be flat (i.e. 2 dimensional) or 3-D. However, each cookie must be be decorated differently depicting Holidays in the South. All decorations on your cookies MUST be totally edible.
This category also includes a tasting element, with 20% of the points going towards the taste, texture, and flavor of your cookies. Therefore, competitors must bring four extra cookies in addition to your six decorated cookies. These four extra cookies must be presented in a box or container marked with your entry number. These cookies are to be undecorated to aid with the tasting/judging process. A copy of the recipe you used must also be provided.
Competitors will be provided a 14" area to display their six cookies. You are to provide the tray, pedestal, plate, platter, or board on which to present your cookies for judging.
Open to All Divisions
(See Sugar Art Competition Details for division definitions.)
Youth ~ $15 + $2 Processing Fee
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced ~ $25 + $2 Processing Fee
FIPGC National Qualifiers:
Competitors in the Advanced Division are eligible to enter the Federation of Pastry Gelato & Chocolate USA Division Cake Designer Qualifiers. If you would like for your piece to be considered and have an opportunity to represent the USA at the 2021 World Cake Designers Championship in Milan, Italy, select the "Advanced + FIPGC Consideration" type during registration. To learn more, visit the FIPGC Page on the Ultimate Sugar Show website.
Visit the official Ultimate Sugar Show website to the discover the complete details around the three main Regional Competitions at The Ultimate Sugar Show.
Important Deadlines & Times
The Ultimate Sugar Show’s Regional Competition will take place in the Vendor Hall of the Cobb Galleria Centre on November 9 & 10, 2019. All entries MUST be checked-in and set up in the Vendor Hall by between 2 PM and 8 PM on Friday, November 8.
Set up will end promptly at 8 PM on Friday, November 8 and competitors will be dismissed from the designated competition area. No late set-ups will be allowed!
Competitors are allowed to make changes to their submissions until set-up deadline at 8 PM on Friday, November 8.
Any entries that do not adhere to the competition rules, deemed inappropriate, or in poor taste in the opinion of the judges will be eliminated from judging and potentially removed from the competition.
Photos of the entry may not have been previously posted online, including social media sites.
All entries must remain on display until 4 PM on Sunday, November 10. No one will be allowed to remove entries before 4 PM.
Any attempts to remove an entry before 4 PM on Sunday, November 10 may result in individual’s removal from the Vendor Hall.
Entries may be removed from the competition area on Sunday November 10, 2019 between the hours of 4 PM and 8 PM. Any entries remaining in the competition area after 8 PM on Sunday November 10, 2019 will be disposed of by the event staff.
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.
During check-in, all competitors will receive a Special Competitor's Weekend Pass which will grant them access to the Vendor Hall on November 9 & 10, 2019. Competitors will also receive a number to be used to identify their entry during the competition judging.
The entry creator MUST be present and participating during the entry set up process. Each competitor’s entry’s position will be assigned/positioned in order of arrival at the Vendor Hall. Requests for specific entry positions will be denied, as entries will be positioned in the order of arrival.
A display space on top of a skirted table will be provided to display the entry. (See specific category instructions for the size details of the display space.). The entry may not extend outside of the specific display’s dimensions, including the cake board.
No additional table décor is allowed unless otherwise noted in the category description, and no electricity will be provided to competitors. Competitors are allowed to use battery powered LED lights which they have provided to compliment their entry.
Entries are required to include a contact card underneath the entry’s cake board or base. The contact card must include the competitor’s name, contact phone number, division, and entry category.
Please note it is extremely important that absolutely no other identifying markings may be on, near, attached to, incorporated in, or accompanying entries including business cards and/or logos. Also, no personal or business identification, advertisements, backdrops, or photos, etc., will be allowed to be displayed with the entry.
All competitors are allowed at least one assistant to help with setting up their entry, exceptions will be made for minors (17 & under). Please see division descriptions for more information.
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, judging will begin promptly at 9 AM and will continue until all categories & divisions have been judged. All entries will be judged by a panel of distinguished and qualified culinary professionals.
Competitors can pick up a copy of the judges’ point evaluation and comments for each entry at the Registration Desk on Sunday, November 10, 2019 by no earlier than 2:00 PM. Competitors must present their identification in order to receive their score card.
If available, the judges who scored your entry will be in and around the competition area to answer any questions about scoring or written comments. The names of your entry's judges will be provided on the bottom of your judging sheet. Please only approach the judges noted on your judging sheet with questions about your entry.
Competition scoring & decisions are FINAL. For issues or concerns, please contact Head Judge, Chef Nicholas Lodge at email@example.com.
Access to the Vendor Hall
All competitors are considered a very important part of The Ultimate Sugar Show. Therefore, all competitors will be provided a Special Competitor's Weekend Pass which will grant them access to the Vendor Hall on November 9 & 10, 2019. Your Weekend Pass MUST be picked up during the competition check-in process, no exceptions.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are a No-Show for the competition (i.e. you fail to check-in your entry prior to 8 PM on November 8, 2019), you will no longer be considered an Ultimate Sugar Show Competitor. Therefore, you will forfeit your Special Competitor's Weekend Pass and will be required to purchase a 1-Day General Admin pass at the door to gain access to the Vendor Hall.
Competition Prizes & Awards
All prizes must be claimed at The Ultimate Sugar Show. However, if you are unable to pick-up your prize during the USS weekend, we ask that you make arrangements to pick up your item(s) at the International Sugar Art Collection in Norcross, GA.
Please call (770) 453-9449 for further assistance. Shipping of prizes may be available at an additional cost to the competitor.
Photography & Videography
Professional videos & photographs will be taken of most or all competition entries during The Ultimate Sugar Show. This footage may be used for future marketing or promotional purposes.
During the competition check-in process, all competitors are required to sign a Film & Photography release form in order to compete.
Resources & Inspiration
If you need a bit of help finding inspiration for your Sugar Art competition entry, here a few links to help get the ideas flowing.
Each competitor in this category must bake, ice and decorate at least 85% of their own entry. One parent/guardian may minimally assist with techniques which may be considered a safety risk to a young competitor. Competitors in this division are allowed one parent/guardian and one additional assistant to help with set up on Friday, Nov 8.
Competitors in this division will be considered a beginner if they have 2 years or less decorating experience, are self-taught, or have less than 30 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction (including online courses). Must be over 17 years of age. Competitors in this division are allowed one assistant to help with set-up on Friday, Nov 8.
Competitors in this division will be considered intermediate if they have 2 to 4 years cake decorating experience or 30 to 60 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction ( including online courses). Must be over 17 years of age. Competitors in this division are allowed one assistant to help with set-up on Friday, Nov 8.
Competitors in this division will be considered advanced if they have 4 to 6 years cake decorating experience or 60 to 90 hours of cake decorating or sugar art instruction (including online courses). Must be over 17 years of age. Competitors in this division are allowed one assistant to help with set-up on Friday, Nov 8.