The Old Farmer's Almanac Recipe Contest

Win Cash Prizes and Publication in the Next Almanac!

September 29, 2021
Almanac Recipe Contest

Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds a recipe contest with three cash prizes. Find out about this year’s recipe contest and enter here! Plus, see the winning recipes from past years’ contests—tested for creativity and deliciousness!

The 2022 Recipe Contest: “Go Bananas!”

For this year’s recipe contest, submit a recipe using bananas. However, your challenge is to go beyond banana bread. Bananas are so versatile—and a delicious ingredient in many breakfast, dinner, dessert, and drink recipes.

Great taste, creativity, and uniqueness are all appreciated. Submit your recipe below for a chance to win!

Enter 2022 Recipe Contest here



Past Recipe Contest Winners

As the editors, we certainly all enjoyed tasting these delicious recipes in our test kitchens. Enjoy the “best of the best” recipes shared by Almanac readers below!

The 2021 “Five or Fewer Ingredients” Contest

First Prize: Apricot Sriracha-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Second Prize: Easy Latte Truffles

Third Prize: Pesto Ricotta With Asparagus on Toast

The 2020 Appetizers Recipe Content

First Prize: Buffalo Deviled Eggs

Second Prize: Stuffed Jalapeños 

Third Prize: Spicy Mexican Shrimp Bites

Honorable Mention: Zippy Potato Balls

The 2019 Pasta Recipe Contest

First Prize: Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Pasta Shells

Second Prize: Quick Southwest Pasta

Third Prize: Bacon Horseradish Penne Pasta

The 2018 Orange Recipe Contest

First Prize: Cran-Orange Couscous Salad

Second Prize: Spicy Orange Salmon Over Edamame and Corn

Third Prize: Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Orange

Honorable Mention: Orange-Glazed Grilled Chicken With Chunky Orange Salsa

Cran-Orange Couscous Salad. Photo Credit: Lori Pedrick.

The 2017 Sweet Potato Contest

First Prize: No-Churn Sweet Potato Casserole Ice Cream

Second Prize: Sweet Potato Lentil Coconut Curry

Third Prize: Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Mac-‘N-Cheese

sweet potato recipe contest winners

Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner. These three delicious dishes were the winners in the 2017 Sweet Potato Contest.

The 2016 Savory Pie Contest

First Prize: Spiced Lamb Pie

Second Prize: Seacoast Scallop Pie

Third Prize: Tater-Crusted Cheese and Mushroom Pie

The 2015 Dips and Spread Contest

First Prize: Florentine Spinach Dip

Second Prize: Pesto Strata

Third Prize: Dressed-Up Crab Rangoon Dip

The 2014 Carrots Recipe Contest

First Prize: Carrot Ginger Soup

Second Prize: Apple Cider Risotto With Carrot Confetti

Third Prize: Spiced Carrot Biscuits With Salted Caramel Butter

The 2013 Beets Recipe Contest

First Prize: Beets and Potatoes Au Gratin

Second Prize: Raspberry Roasted Beets and Chevre Over Shallow, Walnut, and Beet Greens Couscous

Third Prize: Sweet Cherry Tomato and Beet Crostini


Red Sunrise Muffins

Beet and Sausage Balls

Greated Beet-Apple Salad

The 2012 Bacon Recipe Contest

First Prize: Spicy Bacon Pizza With Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Second Prize: Bacon, Italian Sausage, and Bean Soup

Third Prize: Creamy Spaghetti Torte With Bacon

The 2011 Coffee Recipe Contest

First Prize: Mocha Truffle Loaf

Second Prize: Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Third Prize: Slow-Cooker Smoky Chili

Honorable Mention: Rich and Spicy Beef Stew

The 2010 Pumpkin Recipe Contest

First Prize: Pumpkin Harvest Soup

Second Prize: Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus

Third Prize: Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots

Honorable Mention: Ginger Thai Pumpkin Bisque

Honorable Mention: Pumpkin Waffles with Butter Pecan Butter

The 2009 Buttermilk Recipe Contest

First Prize: Shrimp and Corn Soup

Second Prize: Crispy-Coated Catfish in Creamy Buttermilk Sauce

Third Prize: Meat Loaf With Buttermilk

Honorable Mention: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Honorable Mention: Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Tangy Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

Reader Comments

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2020 Contest

for the 2020 contest, does water count as an ingredient, if you need it to boil/poach something

2019 Contest

Hi, I live in Canada and I was wondering if you can tell me the deadline for the contest.

2019 Recipe Contest

The Editors's picture

The 2019 Recipe Contest (Pasta) has ended; the winners will be announced in The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac, which arrives this month! The deadline for the 2020 contest is January 24, 2020.

Am I eligible?

Would love to enter your competition - but I live in the UK. Am I eligible?

recipe contest

Catherine Boeckmann's picture

No. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is a book printed in North America with distribution to readers in the U.S. and Canada.  Only those countries may enter this particular contest (which is featured in the Almanac) but we do often have online contests open to any of our fans. 


How cool that you use themes for this. But I can barely boil water let alone create a recipe! So kudos to all that can whether you win or not.

Clarification of prizes for 2018 contest

This page says the prizes are $300, $200, and $100 for the 2018 contest, but the entry form says $250, $150, and $100.
Could you clarify that and update whichever isn't correct?

cash prize amounts

The Editors's picture

Thanks, Julie, for letting us know. The correct cash prize amounts are $300, $200, and $100 for the 2018 contest and we updated the form!  Thanks, again.

Web site

Have enjoyed this web site so much. So glad I found it. Love the recipes and the good info that you share . Thank so much and keep it up.

Photos of Recipes?

Is there a way to include a photograph in the entry?

Recipe Photos

The Editors's picture

Hi Shauna, We welcome photos and this often makes a better entry.  If you can not enter on the form, you can always send us an image to:  Thank you.

If I am in culinary school,

If I am in culinary school, but I haven't been paid for cooking anything, can I still enter?

Yes, of course, we welcome

The Editors's picture

Yes, of course, we welcome cooks of all kinds!

Hello. Just want to clarify

Hello. Just want to clarify what you mean by "unpublished" - I have a blog and have published my original recipe there, but apart from that, it has never appeared in any magazine nor have I earned any money for this recipe. Would this be eligible?

As long as you have not

The Editors's picture

As long as you have not published the recipe in a book or magazine, your recipe is eligible.

Hello, How does the Old


How does the Old Farmers Almanac define "amateur cook" for the purpose of this contest?


The Almanac defines an

The Editors's picture

The Almanac defines an amateur cook as someone who is a home cook and cooks for pleasure and not for money.

Is there a limit to the

Is there a limit to the number of recipes one can enter?

Hi Terri, There is no limit

The Editors's picture

Hi Terri, There is no limit to how many recipes you can enter! Go for it. Best, the OFA editors

When will the winners be

When will the winners be selected for the carrot recipe contest?

The winners will be announced

The Editors's picture

The winners will be announced in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac which is issued in late August/early September.

Simply Delicious Baked

Simply Delicious Baked Asparagus

Layer a cookie sheet with fresh asparagus.
Spray with cooking spray or brush with cooking oil.
Sprinkle with any desired herbs and spices.*
Bake in preheated 350F oven for 15 mins. Check for tenderness. Bake an additional 15 mins or until desired tenderness is reached. Serve immediately.

*I like to use Italian herbs and fresh ground pepper. Or, alternately, use sesame seeds, soy sauce and other Asian-inspired herbs.

Can amateur cooks of any age

Can amateur cooks of any age from any country enter?