Cranberry Kitchen Contest Information


A crown awaits the cook with the cranberry touch. Bring your culinary skills and whip up your best cranberry concoction to enter the Cranberry Kitchen contest at Bandon’s annual Cranberry Festival. The cooking contest is almost as old as the Cranberry Festival-it was added the second year of the festival, in 1948.

Contestants compete in three categories:

Queen or King of the Kitchen – best overall, any age;

Aspiring Chef – 11 to 18 years old;

Junior Queen or King of the Kitchen – up to 10 years old.

youth, food fair winner, Bandon Cranberry Festival

All entries must include a cranberry product and no entries can be items that are sold or marketed commercially. Food categories are: appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, desserts, beverages, and other items such as condiments, relishes, preserves, spreads, sauces/salsas, and baked goods.

The blind judging system has delivered a few surprises over the years. One gentleman has earned the title King of the Kitchen and everyone would like to see more Kings in the competition. The youngest Queen earned her crown at age 12. And, the 2014 Queen won with a sip, instead of a nibble, with her mulled cranberry-blackberry wine.

The Bandon Cranberry Festival is organized by the Bandon Chamber of Commerce with support from member businesses and festival sponsors.

For information about the Cranberry Kitchen, call Jan Hester at: 541-297-9299.

Local Berries, Local Flavor

Cooks can find Ocean Spray cranberry products in most grocery stores.

Check specialty or natural grocery stores for independent labels such as Bouncing Berry Farms and Vincent Family Cranberries. Bandon Chamber member specialty food sellers include Face Rock Creamery, Misty Meadows, and the Old Town Marketplace – our farmer’s market.