Our feature herb at this year’s Festival is BASIL.  In its honour we are holding a Pesto Contest.

Below are the deatils.

The Carp Herb Festival Pesto Contest is open to all – vendors, customers, the general public.

  • .Categories are Best Traditional, Most Creative
  • Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the winners.
  • One entry per person per category.
  • Please bring minimum one 250 ml (1/2 pint) of homemade pesto in a clear glass, lidded container.  Each entry must include a list of ingredients.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Bring entries to the Pesto Contest Table in The Big Tent 10 am – 12:30 pm, Sunday June 26, 2016. Contest closes at 12:30 pm. Winners announced at 1:30 pm.

Judge Guidelines & Scoring

Traditional Pesto
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The traditional pesto consists of crushed garlic, Genovese basil and European pine nuts, blended with olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Traditional pesto entries will be judged on: trueness to type, good flavor, color and texture. Each of these categories is worth 25 points.
1.    Trueness to type: Is the pesto “classic”? Is it made with ‘Genovese’ or sweet basil? Is there evidence of pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese?
2.    Flavor: If the pesto was created from fresh, high quality ingredients, the flavors of all components should be apparent in smell and taste.
3.    Color: Pesto can be varying shades of green depending on how it was pounded/ground, the quality of the basil, and the olive oil used. The color should be enticing and attractive.
4.    Texture: Done traditionally, the pesto is hand-ground. It should be smooth; however, you should be able to distinguish bits of nuts and cheese.

Creative Pesto

Simple, classic pesto recipes can be tweaked for a more unique product. Creative pestos may be made with any edible green and a variety of different cheeses, nuts and spices can be used. However, pesto is nearly always made in an olive oil base.
Creative pesto will be judged on uniqueness, flavor, color and texture. Each of these categories is worth 25 points.
1.    Uniqueness: Does the pesto recipe show imagination, ingenuity, and/or have a special “theme”?
2.    Flavor: Does the creative pesto have good flavor? Do the ingredients work well together?
3.    Color: Is the color enticing and attractive?
4.    Texture: Is the texture appealing? Is it too thick? Creamy? Chunky?

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