California Canning & Baking

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The Canning and Baking Competition at the California State Fair is an exciting opportunity for home bakers and canners to showcase their skills and compete for awards. Participants will have the chance to demonstrate their creativity and originality by submitting their best homemade specialties for judging. Don’t miss your chance to be recognized as one of California’s top home bakers or canners!

California’s best adult & youth home bakers and canners, submit your home-made specialties to be judged live at the California State Fair. Adult & Youth Competitions are now combined into one handy competition guide and online application.

How to Enter

Check the guide for full instructions on how to enter.

2024 Canning & Baking Competition Guide

2024 Special Contests Recipe Form

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Canning & Baking Coordinator

(916) 606-6337

Competition Dates

Dates Information
4/15 Online Registration Opens for Entries
6/19 Entries Close Online 11:59 pm
7/8 4:30 pm – Shipped canned entries due
7/11 7:30 – 10:30 am – Delivery of Decorated (Adult & Youth) and Canning Shows (Adult Only)
Judging of Decorated Show (closed judging session)
7/15 7:30 – 9:30 am – Delivery of Bread Show and Dried Show, King Arthur Flour Oatmeal Cookie Derby
11:30 am – Judging of Bread Show, Dried Show, King Arthur Flour Oatmeal Cookie Derby
7/16 11:30 am – Judging of Jam Show
7/17 11:30 am – Judging of Jelly Show, Soft Spread & Fruit Show
7/18 11:30 am – Judging of Pickle & Vinegar Show, Sauce & Salsa Show
7/22 7:30 – 9:30 am – Delivery of Guittard Chocolate Passion contest (Adult & Youth)
2 pm – Judging of Guittard Chocolate Passion Contest
7/23 7:30 – 9:30 am – Delivery of Youth Canning, Baking & Dried Shows
11:30 am – Judging of Youth Baking Show, Canning Show, Dried Show
7/24 7:30 – 9:30 am -Delivery of Cookie Show, Confection Show
11:30 am – Judging of Cookie Show, Confection Show
7/25 7:30 – 9:30 am – Delivery of Cake, Pie & Pastry Shows
11:30 am – Judging of Cake Show, Pie & Pastry Show
7/28 12:00 pm – Award Presentation of Best of Show & Sweepstakes Winners (Cooking Theatre, Building B)
8/3 9 am – 5 pm – Canning & Decorated Show Pick Up, Awards Pick Up (Expo Center Buildings)

Divisions & Classes

Please view the guide for full divisions and classes.

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