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Olympic Culinary Loop (OCL) Official Olympic Peninsula Chowder Contest Rules

Here's how our contest works:

1. Recipe submissions are due 5:00 PM PST no later than 30-days (thirty days) prior to each scheduled regional Olympic Peninsula Chowder taste-off.

2. We’ll announce a list of up to 5 qualifying contenders not later than 21-days (twenty-one days) prior to each scheduled regional Olympic Peninsula Chowder taste-off. Qualifying contenders will be notified both online and via their supplied email.

3. You may only submit recipes that are your own. If your recipe was inspired by another source, that's okay—just tell us how you changed it. We'd love for the inspiration behind your recipes to be part of the conversation. Plagiarism, however, is a definite no-no. 

3a. In case you're wondering how we interpret an acceptably inspired recipe, here you go:

Example of acceptably inspired recipe:

Anise Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Inspired by Sequim's Vanilla Cupcakes in More from Sequim: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Alexa Storey's Home Kitchen by Alexa Storey

4. Recipes cannot have previously won a contest or other promotion.

5. Submitted Recipes must be in English. List all ingredients in common U.S. household measurements in order of use. The recipe cannot include ingredients that are considered illegal in any U.S state. Ingredients must be USDA approved for commercial sale. The recipe and recipe name must not violate or infringe the rights of any third party, including but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark, publicity or privacy.

6. By submitting an entry, you agree to abide by these Official Rules and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern the Contest as well as the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy for our website, which you can find here and here. This contest is void where prohibited by law. This Contest is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including DC, aged 18 or older. You must be a regular visitor of the Olympic Culinary Loop website or social media platforms to enter. 

7. "Qualifying Contenders" (Round 2) and "Public Taste-Off Winners" (Round 3) will be allocated up to $30 reimbursement for cost of goods in exchange for proof of purchase (i.e. receipts). 

8. Department of Health Requirments related to Round's 2 and 3 of competition are detailed here.

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JUDGING CRITERIA on our quest to taste the Official Olympic Peninsula Chowder!

Judging - Round 1 "Qualifying contenders" 

During Round 1, each Recipe to be judged by a team of OCL Board and committee representatives of OCL based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance - relevance to the Olympic Peninsula theme of the Contest and overall appeal of the Recipe (40%);
  • Organization - is the Recipe written well, including all steps, in an organized and reproducible way (30%); and
  • Preparation - ease of preparation, is the recipe practical (e.g. does not require special cookware or technique) (30%).

The top five (5) finalists (the "Finalist" or "Finalists") will be chosen based on the above, OCL Judging Criteria. Each Finalist will be notified by telephone or e-mail 21-days prior to the "Public Taste-Off" Round 2 in accordance with the information provided at the time of entry.

Judging - Round 2 "Public Taste-Off"

During Round 2, each Finalist will prepare up to 8 Quarts of their Recipe to be judged by both the voting public tasters and representatives of OCL according to the following criteria. Finalist must be present to win.

  • Taste & Visual Appeal- is the Recipe balanced in flavor, taste and texture. How does this recipe present on a plate, bowl or dish? (50%)
  • Creativity & Inventiveness- is the Recipe original. How the Recipe reflects the Olympic Peninsula theme. (25%)
  • Popular Vote – how many "favorites" and "comments" the recipe receives from the public (25%)

The winning (1) Public Taste-off Recipe from each regional "Public Taste-Off" will advance to the Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Championship Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Port Angeles, WA based on the above, OCL Judging Criteria. Each Winner will provide written confirmation of their attendance at the Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Championship Saturday, October 12, 2019 within 14-days of regional Public Taste-Off Winning. Failure to confirm Grand Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Championship Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Port Angeles, WA within this time may result in title of regional Public Taste-Off winner be awarded to the next closest Recipe based on established vote results in accordance with the information provided at the time of entry.

Judging - Round 3 "Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Championship"

During Round 3, each Public Taste-Off Winner will prepare up to 8 Quarts of their Recipe to be judged by both the voting public tasters and representatives of OCL according to the following criteria. Finalist must be present to win.

  • Taste & Visual Appeal- is the Recipe balanced in flavor, taste and texture. How does this recipe present on a plate, bowl or dish? (50%)
  • Creativity & Inventiveness- is the Recipe original. How the Recipe reflects the Olympic Peninsula theme. (25%)
  • Popular Vote – how many "favorites" and "comments" the recipe receives from the public (25%)

The Grand Olympic Peninsula Chowder Champion will be crowned based upon established vote results in accordance with the information provided at the time of entry.

OCL reserves the right, at our discretion, to disqualify or discount any entrant, or vote connected to votes cast by unfair means.

Should there be any attempt to manipulate voting or winner selection process, OCL reserves the right to select the winners, disqualify any votes, disqualify any entry, and take any other action it deems appropriate in order to conduct this Contest fairly and equitably. Entrants may not obtain votes in exchange for, or provide or benefit from, any inducement, vote exchange, vote farming, or any other material benefit, that artificially inflates an entrant’s vote total, as determined by OCL in its sole discretion.

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