Entries Open for “Take the Cake Competition” at the Taste of Tennessee Festival

Strap on those aprons and heat up those ovens, folks, because it’s time to get baking! The Taste of Tennessee, the region’s premiere Appalachian food festival, is coming to downtown Jonesborough this summer. On Saturday, June 18th, the Heritage Alliance will host the first-ever in-person version of the festival from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, welcoming vendors, speakers, musicians, and more. One of the festival’s featured events is a community-wide cake-baking competition with categories for home cooks, professionals, and children. The “Take the Cake” contest welcomes participants of all culinary backgrounds and levels of expertise that have a favorite cake recipe to share!



Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, including local luminaries such as Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest, and the public will be able to purchase samples of the entries after the competition. Winners will receive prizes, as well as the distinction of being a “Take the Cake” champion!


Think you’ve got enough flour power to cream the competition? You butter register today at Entries cost $5.00, and funds are used to benefit the Heritage Alliance’s historical and educational programs. Contact the Heritage Alliance with questions or for more information!


Take the Cake Competition

Are you a master of the cake pan? A dessert-making superstar? A PTA bake sale legend? Do you have the most delicious family cake recipe of all time?
Show off your skills at this year’s “Take the Cake” competition at the Taste of Tennessee festival. A panel of judges will select winners for each division based on presentation, originality/creativity, taste, and technique. All cakes need to be homemade, and participants must supply a copy of the recipe.
Traditional (as well as vegan and/or gluten-free) dishes are welcome. After the contest, the public will be able to purchase samples of the entries by donating food to the JAMA food pantry. Winning participants receive fun prizes!
Registration form available here.
Division 1: Homecook
Individuals with no professional experience in the culinary field.
Division 2: Professional
Individuals with past/present professional experience in the culinary field, example business owners.
Division 3: Young Bakers
Youth category for bakers ages 15 and under.
How to enter? Complete the entry form on our website. Please register and pay the $5.00 registration fee by the deadline. Contest entry forms will be posted on the Heritage Alliance’s Facebook, the Taste of
Tennessee Facebook, and the Heritage Alliance’s website.
When to enter: The deadline for registration and payment is Thursday, September 21, 2023, by 5:00 PM EST. Judging begins on Sunday, September 24th at 1:30 PM EST.
Where to enter? Submit your completed entries via mail (The Heritage Alliance, 212 E. Sabine Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659) or by email (
When should I drop off my entry? Participants should arrive at the Visitors Center parking lot (117 Boone Street) to drop off their cake by 12:30 PM EST on Sunday, September 24th, 2023. Winners will be announced later that afternoon. The public sampling period will take place between 3:00 PM and
5:00 PM EST. Exhibitors must remove any of their dishware or personal effects between 5:00 PM and
6:00 PM on Sunday, September 24.
Limited Entries The contest will have limited entries on a first come, first serve basis. Limit one entry per individual. The entry fee is $5.00, and participants are asked to allow the remainder of their dishes to be offered to the public following the formal judging competition in order to benefit the JAMA food pantry.
Entry fee payments can be made to The Heritage Alliance via cash, check, or PayPal at