Jam, Jelly, Preserve, and Fruit Butter Competition

Saturday, September 13, 2014



Jelly is a semisolid mixture of fruit juice and sugar that is clear and firm enough to hold its shape. Jam is made from crushed or chopped fruits and sugar and will also hold its shape. Preserves are made of small, whole fruits or uniform-sized pieces of fruits in a clear, very thick to slightly jellied sugar syrup. Fruit butters are made from fruit pulp cooked with sugar until thickened to a spreadable consistency. (In the interest of brevity, henceforth, jam, jelly, preserves, and fruit betters will be referred to simply as “preserves”.



2010 - present

Competition Rules


  1. The preserve must be homemade, NOT store (or restaurant) bought.

  2. Unsealed entries or products showing signs of spoilage will not be judged.

  3. Entries must be labeled with the name of the food, the date preserved, and the method of food preservation. Entries without required labeling will not be judged. Additionally, the label must state whether the food was hot or raw packed, boiling water or pressure canned, the process time, and the pounds of pressure if pressure-canned.

  4. The entry should also be accompanied by the recipe used.

  5. Entries must be canned in clear, standard (halfpint, pint or quart) jars in good condition with new, two-piece canning lids (flat lid and band).

  6. Preserves sealed with paraffin will not be judged; these products must be heat sealed (canned).

  7. Each team must provide its own ingredients.

  8. There are no restrictions on the type of fruit used in the preserves.

  9. While not required, teams are encouraged to source ingredients locally and if possible to grow them in home or community gardens.

  10. Entries must have been preserved within the last 12 months.

  11. Teams must provide a minimum of one half pint of preserves per entry on the day of the Celebration.

  12. Teams must also provide photo documentation of the preservation process on the day of the Celebration. It is preferred that this documentation be in hard copy and displayed alongside the entry, but digital documentation (i.e. on a cell phone) is also acceptable.

  13. Teams are comprised of no less than two (2) and no more than four (4) representing a neighborhood or community organization. While not required, adults and youth are encouraged to work together in this competition (to promote intergenerational interaction and to educate youth about home preservation).

  14. The deadline to enter the competition is Friday, September 5, 2014.

  15. Preserves must arrive by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

  16. The Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration will supply the display table, display placard, tasting spoons, plates, napkins, and crackers.

  17. First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded to the respective top three preserves.

  18. Additionally, a prize will be awarded for the preserve with most creative and place-appropriate name.


2010 - present



There is free parking throughout the neighborhood and no reserved spaces for cook-off participants. Participants may drop supplies off at the corner of Third Avenue North and Monroe from 10 AM until 10:30 AM.



Registration Form


Downloand/Print Information Packet with Registration Form

Online Registration



Megan Morton, Fair in the City Coordinator


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Presenting Event Sponsor

Neighborhoods Chili Cook-Off

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Neighborhoods Showcase

Music Stage

William H Freeman


Free Activities for Kids

Mark A and Belinda R Wright


Information Bazaar

Kay and Richard Bowers

Volunteer T-Shirts

Fair in the City Partner


Major Blue Ribbon Sponsors

Major Red Ribbon Sponsors


James D. Shulman Living Trust

Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods


H Keith Barnes

Don Charest

Brett A Withers



Major White Ribbon Sponsors



Buena Vista Neighborhood Association

Caldwell-Abbay Hall Neighborhood Association

Light in the Nations


William Northrup

James & Karlene Polk

Van Pinnock

Colby Sledge & Lindsey Harris

Russ and Sophia Lee Sims

Jeff Syracuse

Supporting Ally Sponsors


Kelly Johnson

Mouzon Siddiqi

Supporting Friend Sponsors


Joseph D Freeman

Beverly Jacobs

Eldridge "Ronnie" Simmons

Gary Stewart

Thomas H Wilson, Jr.

Special Thanks To


Billy Fields

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

Flatrock Coffee

Hunter's Cee Bee Grocery Store

Metro Beautification / Public Works

Metro Parks & Recreation

Office of Emergency Management