The Great Iowan Recipe Competition at the Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fairgrounds
Elwell Family Food Center

Iowa PBS is looking for the great Iowan recipe and we want YOU to submit! Enter our food competition at the Iowa State Fair this year to be considered for some great prizes and to have your recipe named The Great Iowan Recipe.

The fee to enter a food competition at the Iowa State Fair is $10 and the deadline to participate is July 1. You do not need to specify the division/class until the item is brought to the fair for judging, but you do need to purchase an entry tag before July 1 to participate. 

Recipes must be important to your family, heritage or legacy for The Great Iowan Recipe competition. To compete, prepare the recipe for tasting and judging and include a written statement about why the recipe is important to you. Entries will be judged on taste, presentation and the connection to your meaningful story.

Find a full list of rules and regulations on the Iowa State Fair’s website

This contest is in celebration of The Great American Recipe, a new series that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic. Hosted by Alejandra Ramos and featuring judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot, the series will give talented home cooks from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes and compete to win the national search for The Great American Recipe. The program premieres on Iowa PBS Friday, June 24.