Bake Your Art Out dessert contest

Bake Your Art Out! dessert contest in Saxtons River. Stock photo

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Strawberry rhubarb pie, Grandma’s apple pan dowdy, maple walnut cake… Main Street Arts and King Arthur flour are teaming up to host a creative dessert contest and fundraiser Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to noon as part of MSA’s Great Tent Event during the Great River Theater Festival.

Bake Your Art Out is open to anyone who wants to showcase a favorite dessert while winning prizes, praise, and a chance to be included in the first annual Bake Your Art Out cookbook. King Arthur is offering $75, $50, and $25 gift certificates for grand, first, and second place, respectively, with judging based on overall creativity, taste, and presentation. MSA is also throwing in passes to the festival. King Arthur will also list the winners on its baking contest website page.

All entrants must pre-register online or at MSA. All recipes must include a King Arthur flour – wheat, almond, coconut, or gluten-free. Contestants must bring the opened bag of King Arthur flour or provide a UPC label from the bag when they submit their entry. Entries, along with the recipe, must be dropped off at MSA between 10 and 10:30 a.m. the Saturday of the contest.

Full information about the contest and the registration form are available at Desserts will be available for purchase at the end of the contest, with proceeds benefitting the reconstruction of MSA’s education space and commercial kitchen, both destroyed by a disastrous pipe burst.

The Great Tent Event will also feature live music by Christy Wendlandt and Brendon Thomas at 11 a.m., a community jam session from noon to 3:30 p.m., and a Sandglass Theater rod puppet workshop at 4 p.m. Events are free, except for a small fee for the puppet workshop materials.

The following Saturday, the Great Tent will host a Fairy Tales and Fairy Houses workshop with Tracy Girdich from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a Teen Storytelling session at 12:30 p.m. Details can be found at the festival website or by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or

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