2019 DC State Fair Contest Winners

Our contests highlight the baking, cooking, agricultural, and artistic talents of District residents and our winners are listed below:

Best Bread

Yeasted Bread

  1. Alison Waldman – Alison’s Seeded Sourdough
  2. Kate Armstrong – Rustic Cheddar Herb Loaf
  3. Anne Albright – Annie’s Jalapeno Cheddar Bagels

Sweet/Quick Bread

  1. Alison Waldman – Swirly Sesame Sweetbread
  2. Kate Armstrong – Almond Raspberry Coffee Cake
  3. Charles (Chuck) Hicks – Banana Bread

Best Cake

Best of Show: Graceanna Enzinger – When Life Gives You Lemons, Bake a Cake

  1. Kate Armstrong – Mocha Chocolate Buttercake
  2. Jennifer DeMayo – Who Needs Gluten? Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
  3. Oana Leahu-Aluas – Chocolate Stout Cake

Not Chocolate

  1. Kate Armstrong – Honey Lavender Cake
  2. Kate Gilbert – Salted Caramel Apple Cake
  3. Heba Mohammad – Taste of Summer

Gluten Free

  1. Jennifer DeMayo – Who Needs Gluten? Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
  2. Elizabeth McClure – Summer’s Best S’mores Cake
  3. Diane Alexander – Too Many Pears Cake

Best Chili

Traditional Meat Chili

  1. Andrew Huber – The Merciless 5-pepper Chili of Quetzalacatenango
  2. Kyle Jennings – Meaty, Mango, Habanero Hot
  3. Catherine Cheung – Scardey-Cat Chocolate Chili


  1. Jennifer DeMayo – Just Right Vegetarian Chili
  2. Andrew Huber – Veggie Chili that’s not f*cking suck

Best Cider

Best of Show: Bill Stevens – Gateway to Brooklandia

  1. Ian Milne – Hint o Heat
  2. Hugh Blodget Jr. – Race against the squirrels 2019

Best Compost

  1. (Community Garden) Coy McKinney – SW Compost Against the Machine
  2. (Home Garden) Beth Beers – Basura Blend Redux
  3. (Community Garden) Jeffrey Neal – Loop Closing Compost

Best Cookie

Best of Show: Elizabeth McClure – Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

  1. Meghan Droste – Apple Brown Sugar Cookies with Caramel Chips
  2. John Miller – Cotton Candy Macarons

Gluten Free

  1. John Miller – Cotton Candy Macarons
  2. Meghan Droste – Almond & Raspberry Sandwich Cookies
  3. Elizabeth McClure – Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies


  1. Nicole Geldart – Vegan Maple Moose

Fabric, Textile & Fiber Arts


  1. Brooke Lacock- Handmade Crochet Wedding Dress


  1. Megan Smith – Holly Berry Shawl
  2. Elizabeth Riley – Ingrid Pullover


  1. Kristina Penhoet – Quiet Memories Felted Vest

Best Jam & Jelly


  1. Maggie Proctor – Blueberry Coriander Lime Jam
  2. Kirsten Wiard-Bauer – Raspberry Jam
  3. Jacqueline Bush – Make You Wanna Holla Strawberry Jam


  1. Jacqueline Bush – Sarah’s Peach Jam
  2. Kari Deuth – Berry Mangilow
  3. Annika Pettitt – Kiwi Daiquiri Jam

Best Homebew

Best of Show: Chris Chervin – Old Chervinsky Imperial Stout

Best Crisp / Fruit and Spice – Andrew Oetman – Grandma’s Kolsch

Best Roast, Smoke & Wood / Malt – Chris Chervin – Old Chervinsky Imperial Stout

Best Tart/Funky – Eric L. Lausten – Why? Rye Saison

Best Honey

Best of Show: Kymone Freemon – #Dont Mute DC Honey

  1. Caroline Hutton – Hutton Hives
  2. Toni Burnham – Maury Elementary Harvest

Best Hot Sauce

  1. Andrew Huber – Calamity on Clay St.
  2. Kimberly Kokel – Green Konkel Sauce
  3. Fernanda B.R. Morrison – Nanda’s Hot Sauce #5

Best Ice Cream

  1. Margaret Walrod – Elote Elote
  2. Laura Karr – Tiramisu Chocolate Chunk
  3. Nick Eghtessad – Fresh Farmhouse Cheese & Blueberry Jam

Best Pasta or Pesto Sauce

  1. Navin C. Shekar – Etna’s Revenge
  2. Jaime Loizzo – It’s Gravy! Not Sauce!

Best Photography

Best of Show – Aaron Crabtree – Shades at the Parade

Black & White

  1. Aaron Crabtree – Shades at the Parade

DC Themed

  1. Brian Gray – Blue Shift
  2. Ann Maassen – Urban Summer through a Child’s Eyes


  1. Anne Maassen – Autumn Eqinox
  2. Amalia Coyle – Sunset over the Atacama


  1. Anne Maassen – Chewing the fat


  1. Aaron Crabtree – Yard Sale
  2. Anne Maassen – Pareidolia (seeing faces)

Best Pie

Best of Show – Dustin – Pecumpkin Pie

Fruit, Non-apple Pie

  1. Maggie Downing – Maggie’s Blackberry-Nectarine Pie
  2. Alex Mullaney – Not Too Sour Cherry Pie
  3. Madeleine Foote – Practically Perfect Peach Plum Picnic Pie

Non-fruit, Sweet Pie

  1. Dustin – Pecumpkin Pie
  2. Mollie Coyle – Bourbon Pecan Pie
  3. Elizabeth Riley – Elizabeth’s Derby Pie

Savory Pie

  1. Abby Lynch – Fig and bacon pie
  2. Nina Zimdahl – Butternut squash, caramelized onion and fontina pie
  3. Diane Alexander – Grandma’s Mushroom Pie

Apple Pie

  1. Alexandra Mae Dickinson – Alex’s Brandy Apple Pie
  2. Kate Armstrong – Apple Orchard Pie
  3. Elizabeth Riley – Elizabeth’s Apple Pie

Best Salsa

  1. Antonio Suárez – A Hot Queen’s Stroll
  2. Madeline Howe – Lenke’s corn salsa
  3. Katherine R Scott – Sgt Pepper Spicy Heart Club

Best Stuffed Dough Pocket

  1. Kate Armstrong – Cherry Almond Handpies
  2. Jaime Loizzo – English Squash and Goat Cheese “Pie”
  3. Nicole Geldart – Nicole’s 3rd Generation Pierogi

Best Vegetable/Fruit

Longest Vegetable

  1. Andrew Love – Cushaw Squash
  2. Asia Chloe Brown – North Georgia Candy Roaster Squash

Funky Vegetable

  1. Carrie Dellesky – Oh My! Oversized Okra

Tribute Beer Release Party

With our comrades at The Public Option, we are excited to announce the release of the DC State Fair tribute beer!

What does that mean?
For the DC State Fair Best Homebrew Contest, the winner of the Best in Show ribbon also receives the opportunity to have the grand folks at The Public Option brew a tribute beer in its honor. This is your best opportunity to try the prize-winning beer!

Our friends from Neat Meat DC will also be there serving up their (meat AND vegan) sloppy joes. You won’t want to miss this awesome event!

For more on the 2017 contest winners: https://dcstatefair.org/2017/10/22/contest-winners-from-the-2017-dc-state-fair/

For more on the 2018 contests: https://dcstatefair.org/contests/

Let’s Be Terrific!

On Terrific Tuedays at BKK Thai Cookshop, they donate 10% of dine-in dinner sales to non-profits.

On Tuesday, June 26, Terrific Tuesday will benefit the DC State Fair. The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the District’s agricultural and creative talents and a daylong celebration of all things homegrown. The ninth annual DC State Fair will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Waterfront Station in Southwest DC.

Please join us at BKK Thai Cookshop for dinner on June 26 for delicious Thai cuisine benefitting a fantastic cause! It’s a great opportunity to meet the board and volunteers that make the event happen — and find out how you can participate and/or volunteer!

BKK Cookshop
1700 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Ninth Annual DC State Fair to Return to Southwest, Contests Announced

Sunday, September 23, Southwest Washington, D.C., will again host the DC State Fair at the Waterfront Station. The public is invited to enjoy the ninth annual free event.  Included in the program are the contests that crown the city’s best growers, crafters, and cooks; performances from local musicians and dance troupes; and food, art, and craft vendors showcasing and selling their wares.

Planning is underway for the full schedule of events, and updates will be provided in the coming months. Many contest entries for 2018 are already open, including the popular “Best Bud”, Honey, Wine, and Fiber Arts categories. New contests this year include Best Salsa, Best Biscuit, and Best Cookie, with more to come. The DC State Fair Board of Directors urges those interested in participating to plan ahead.

“We are excited to celebrate all the District has to offer, from homebrew to double dutch,” says Ashley Chaifetz, Contest Coordinator and member of the DC State Fair Board of Directors. “I look forward to participation by school gardens, as they are now able to enter the fruit and vegetable categories as a single unit. I hope they will save some of their harvest to enter this September!”

This daylong celebration of all things homegrown is unique among local fairs and festivals: it is run entirely by volunteers, is free to attend, and is held in different neighborhoods from year to year, making the Fair accessible to all DC residents and visitors. For the second year, the DC State Fair, in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District,  will take place at the Southwest Waterfront Metro.

The DC State Fair is also committed to working with local businesses and organizations that help our community thrive. Want to participate in the DC State Fair? Enter a contest, volunteer, or just show up on the big day! Learn more at www.dcstatefair.org

Press interested in covering the DC State Fair should complete a press credential request form. Questions? Contact us!

Seed Share

Get your green thumb and garden beds ready for the seventh annual DC State Fair with a Seed Share on Saturday, May 21! Gardeners will be at Eastern Market (225 7th St. SE) between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to give away free seeds of all sorts (including flowers, vegetables and cannabis) and to answer all your gardening questions.  

DC State Fair Seed Share 3

Image by Oregon Department of Agriculture/Flickr

Final day to apply for the Board!

The deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is TODAY! Submit your application by midnight to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team. It’s a great opportunity to hone those leadership skills and get to know your community.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org.

There are still seeds for your library at the library.

Thank you to D.C. Public Library Librarian David Quick for this guest post.

Mia Hayes-Hawkins demonstrates seed-saving techniques. Photos by Danita Delaney.
Above and below, right: Mia Hayes-Hawkins demonstrates seed-saving techniques. Photos by Danita Delaney.

Here at the Southeast Library, we had great fun hosting Fair-related programs. Leading up to the fair, we helped competitors write poetry and plan their bike accessories. And on the day of the fair, there were seed savers and solar cookers gathered in our garden learning new skills. In fact, we still have a bunch of seeds leftover from the swap that followed demonstration.

Sweet Plant Nation Seed Saving TalkSo if you’re still planning out next year’s garden, stop by the library or email me. We have a beautiful mix of seeds here that you can peruse while browsing the latest novels.

What goes into a blue ribbon pie?

Ever wondered what goes into those mouth-watering pies that bear the DC State Fair blue ribbon? The website of the Makes-me-wanna SHOUT! Pie Baking Challenge recently revealed just that. Profiling both the person and the recipe, the post on Sharon Winget’s Chalfant Apple Cranberry Pie is not to be missed.

Read Sharon Winget’s Chalfant Apple Cranberry Pie Wins Blue Ribbons at the 2013 DC State Fair Pie Contest.