8thAnnual

Winchester, KY

JUNE 11TH, 2016 10AM-5PM

OFFICIAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING RULES

Ask almost anyone what the best part of the Beer Cheese Festival is, and they'll tell you, "Sampling beer cheese!" and they're right. We start at 10am and go all the way to 5pm. You can sample beer cheese from any of our vendors. Sample them all. Find your favorite. Cast your vote. You can even purchase beer cheese right from the vendors. When you need a break, there are plenty of other things to do at the festival--listen to live music, drink from the beer garden, visit arts & crafts or Kentucky Proud booths...and then you can head right back into the beer cheese section, and try some more, because at the end of the day it's all about the beer cheese! So you're wondering how the People's Choice voting and award works and how you get to cast your vote. Here are the answers! Thank you for participating in the prestigious People's Choice Award! No Refunds and No Replacements for lost tickets or lost wristbands. Beer Cheese wristbands are NON TRANSFERABLE and MAY NOT be shared.

  1. Purchase a $5 wristband from a beer cheese wristband booth located at either entrance of Beer Cheese Blvd. on Main St. Once your wristband is purchased you will be given (1) ticket to vote for your favorite beer cheese. Wristbands must be worn at all times while at Beer Cheese Blvd. to receive beer cheese samples.

  2. Sample all the beer cheese you like from the commercial vendors.
  3. Once you have decided on your favorite beer cheese place your voting ticket into the box located at that commercial beer cheese booth of your choice by 4:15 pm. Tickets will be picked up throughout the day by an official BCF rep. The count will be verified at that time.
  4. Voting ends at 4:15 pm. The People's Choice Award will be announced on the Courthouse Steps at approximately 5:00 pm along with the other awards.

OFFICIAL COMMERCIAL CONTEST RULES & GUIDELINES

Each year, we are honored to draw the best commercial beer cheese in the country to Main Street Winchester, KY for one Saturday. We know that these vendors put a lot of work into making and serving the very best beer cheese. If you would like to be in our commercial beer cheese competition, please read below for the official rules, and a link to the commercial beer cheese vendor application.

  1. The Beer Cheese Festival allows for blind judging only. Entries will be submitted in an approved BCF numbered container provided by the contest organizer.
  2. Official BCF numbered containers will be presented to each contestant by 11:00 a.m. on June 11th at their respected booth. Each container will consist of a containerwith 4 numbered Soufflé Cups inside. Once received, cups and container will be assigned a number, and a master log will be kept by one person, matching the entrant to the sample. This is to ensure blind judging.
  3. Official BCF containers will be submitted by each Beer Cheese Contestant to a BCF Contest Rep at City Hall by 12:00 p.m. on June 11th.
  4. Each Official BCF container shall include the following: 4 individual samples of beer cheese. No other garnishments, or items may be present in the official box. If other items are present the beer cheese will be disqualified.
  5. Official judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. on June 11th inside City Hall. Judging area will be closed off to public during this time.
  6. Judges may not fraternize with teams on turn-in day until conclusion of judging.
  7. Judging will be done by a panel of 4 persons.
  8. Each judge will score each entry for appearance, smell, texture, and taste before moving on to the next entry.
  9. The scoring system is from 25 (Excellent) to 5 (Bad).
  10. All whole numbers between five and 25 may be used to score an entry. 10 is the starting point.
  11. A score of four (4) is a disqualification and requires approval by a Contest Rep.
  12. Judges will only be offered water to cleanse pallet at time of judging.
  13. All scoring should start with 10 and then go from there. 10 being average. If the entry is below average it will be scored accordingly, and if it's better than average, of course a higher number will be assigned.
  14. Comment cards will be used and the judges are encouraged to fill them out.

Requirements for being a commercial vendor:

All labeling requirements for commercial beer cheese processors must be observed.

Beer Cheese Festival Guidelines provided by the Clark County Health Department must be observed.

Grounds for disqualification:

Unapproved garnish, marked turn-in container, foreign object in container, fewer than 4 samples of beer cheese.

Tallying of Votes:

Judging will end by 3 p.m. on June 11th 2016

Votes will be tallied after judges have submitted their votes to official BCF Contest Rep.

Announcements & Awards:

The winner of the Judges Choice and People’s Choice Awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. on June 11th on the courthouse steps.

Official Winners will be able to claim their prizes at this time.

Comment Cards will be available to pick up after the announcement of the winner on the courthouse steps from an official BCF Contest Organizer. Official judging scores will not be available for review.

Commercial Beer Cheese Awards:

1st Place- $600.00

2nd Place-$350.00

3rd Place-$200.00

People's Choice Award:

Trophy and Bragging Rights

OFFICIAL AMATEUR CONTEST RULES & GUIDELINES

Think you have the winning beer cheese recipe? This is your chance to put your beer cheese to the test, and turn your winning recipe into cash in your pocket! If you would like to be in our commercial beer cheese competition, please read below for the official rules, and a link to the amateur beer cheese contest application.

  1. The Beer Cheese Festival allows for blind judging only. Entries will be submitted in an approved BCF numbered container provided by the contest organizer.
  2. Amateur Contestants must bring their beer cheese samples to City Hall by 11:00 a.m. on June 11th.
  3. Official BCF numbered containers will be presented to each contestant at arrival. Each container will consist of one container with 3 Soufflé Cups inside. Once received, cups and container will be assigned a number, and a master log will be kept by one person, matching the entrant to the sample. This is to ensure blind judging.
  4. Amateur Contestants are responsible for transferring their beer cheese samples into the 3 numbered souffle cups and then placing those souffle cups into the container.
  5. Each Official BCF container shall include the following: 3 individual samples of beer cheese. No other garnishments, or items may be present in the official box. If other items are present the beer cheese will be disqualified.
  6. Official judging will begin at 1:00 p.m. on June 11th inside City Hall. Judging area with be closed off to public during this time.
  7. Judges may not fraternize with teams on turn-in day until conclusion of judging.
  8. Judging will be done by a panel of 3 persons.
  9. Each judge will score each entry for appearance, smell, texture, and taste before moving on to the next entry.
  10. The scoring system is from 25 (Excellent) to 5 (Bad).
  11. All whole numbers between five and 25 may be used to score an entry. 10 is the starting point.
  12. A score of four (4) is a disqualification and requires approval by a Contest Rep.
  13. Judges will only be offered water to cleanse pallet at time of judging.
  14. All scoring should start with 10 and then go from there. 10 being average. If the entry is below average it will be scored accordingly, and if it's better than average, of course a higher number will be assigned.
  15. Comment cards will be used and the judges are encouraged to fill them out.

Grounds for disqualification:

Unapproved garnish, marked turn-in container, foreign object in container, fewer than 3 samples of beer cheese.

Tallying of Votes

Judging will end by 3 p.m. on June 11th 2016

Votes will be tallied after judges have submitted their votes to official BCF Contest Rep.

Announcements & Awards

The winner of the Judges Choice and People’s Choice Awards will be announced at 5:00 p.m. on June 11th on the courthouse steps.

Official Winners will be able to claim their prizes at this time.

Comment Cards will be available to pick up after the announcement of the winner on the courthouse steps from an official BCF Contest Organizer. Official judging scores will not be available for review.

Commercial Beer Cheese Awards

1st Place- $200.00

2nd Place-$100.00

3rd Place-$50.00