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Hotdish Cook-Off Rules and Details

All right Roseau Fall Fest goers it’s time to be a true Minnesotan and enter the Hotdish Competition. It’s sure to be a real hotdish, dontcha’ know.

When: Saturday, October 16th 

In-person registration/drop off: 10:00am – 11:30am, judging will begin at noon.

Where: Drop off your best loved hotdish at the Hotdish Table outside of The Pour House across from Ronning’s by noon.

Pre-registration: You can pre-register by filling out the registration form and emailing it to

Details: Hotdish must be entered in the name of the person who made it and presented in an 8 in. x 8 in. size disposable pan. All are welcome to enter, no age requirement.

Judging Criteria: Your hotdish will be judged by a panel of 5 local Judges. Each judge will base your dish on a 20 point scale:

  1. Taste Up to 10 points
  2. Originality Up to 5 points
  3. Judge went back for second taste because it was so good 5 points.

Hotdish Competition Judges will not consult with each other. The winner will be awarded on the highest overall score by accumulating all judge’s scores per dish. Judges will not know contestants’ names. In case of a tie, the tied hot dishes will be re-judged. All Judges’ decisions are final.


1. Your hotdish must contain the following:  A protein (meat), a dairy or canned item, and a starch such as rice, potato or pasta.  

 2. Entries must be delivered in disposable or non-returnable pans. An 8in x 8in size pan works best. 

3. Must provide the name of your dish and a written recipe of it. This is to avoid allergen issues. 

4. Must be served warm or hot. Can’t be cold; come on its hotdish people. 

5. Must be present or have someone represent you and your hotdish. 

6. Must be edible. Any hotdish that is questionable will be disqualified. 

7. All entries become the property of the Roseau Fall Fest

 8. By entering you give your permission to have your photo taken and recipe used for future promotional materials, including the Go Roseau Website, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Prize:  A Minnesota Shaped Hotdish Dish, MN Potholders and a dish towel plus bragging Rights for the Best Hotdish in Roseau! 

For any further questions please contact Sinnamon Krings Roseau Promotions Director at