Wisconsin's Ultimate Donut Duel
sponsored by BakeMark

Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel Rules & Information

Do you think your donuts are the very best?

Enter Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel and find out!

This contest determines the very best award-winning donuts in Wisconsin!

Professional bakers are invited to compete in Wisconsin's Ultimate Donut Duel at the 2019 Midwest Foodservice Expo featuring SIX categories: Bismarck, Cake Donut, Cruller, Fritter, Long John, and NEW in 2019 - Glazed Raised.

Each donut will be professionally judged.  The winning donut in EACH category with the highest score overall will receive a Best of Wisconsin award, the second highest score will receive the Second Best award, and the third highest score will receive the Third Best award.  Competitors will need to provide donut samples for judging.  Judging will be based on taste as well as presentation. A short description of each donut entry will be expected.

Registration & Entry Fees:

The early registration deadline for all of the competitions is Friday, February 15, 2019.  The standard registration deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019.  All entries must be registered in advance. 

Early registration allows WBA Members to take advantage of the lowest entry fees - starting at $30!

To register for this year's competitions, please click here to go to the main competition page. 

Skill Level:

  • Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel is open to professionals (2+ years of experience) from a licensed and inspected food service facility (bakeries, cafes, grocery-stores, restaurants).


  • Bismarck           
  • Cake Donut
  • Cruller
  • Fritter
  • NEW! Glazed Raised
  • Long John


  • Select the donut category (or categories) you wish to enter.  Multiple entries per category are allowed.
  • There are six categories:  Bismarck, Cake Donut, Cruller, Fritter, Long John, and Glazed Raised.
  • Judging to be held at the Pastry Studio at the Midwest Foodservice Expo on Monday, March 11th. 
  • Business cards or bakery logos may be placed on display following completion of judging.
  • Donut entries may be set up Monday, March 11th between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM.  Any donut entries delivered after 9:45 AM will not be judged, but placed for display purposes only. 
  • All entries must be completed with final set up by 9:45 AM.
  • Provide seven (7 donuts) of each donut being entered.  One (1) donut will be for professional judging, the remaining 6 donuts will be placed on display on the show floor. 
  • Platters will be provided.
  • Please include a short description of each donut entry.
  • Industry professionals will judge each entry based on standards of the product, taste, presentation, and salability.
  • All work will be done in a professional manner.
  • All donut ingredients must be edible.
  • Donuts may not be removed until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Anything left will be disposed of. We are not responsible to return items to competitors! No exceptions.

Judging & Awards:

  • Judging for Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel will be held at the Midwest Foodservice Expo on Monday, March 11th by a team of qualified judges selected by the Wisconsin Bakers Association.
  • The judges will complete a comment sheet for each entry; copies of those sheets will be sent to each entrant within 10 days following the completion of the Midwest Foodservice Expo via your pre-registered e-mail address.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.
  • Winners will be announced at the WBA Awards & Appetizers Networking Evening on Monday, March 11th. 
  • All donut entries will be judged professionally. 
  • Awards will be given on a points-based system. 
  • The highest scoring donut in each category will receive the Best of Wisconsin Award. Additional awards in each category include Second Best and Third Best. 


Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel is held in conjunction with the Midwest Foodservice Expo and is presented in partnership between the Wisconsin Bakers Association (WBA) and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA).  By entering the competition, the contestant fully releases all rights to photos, publication and other sources of media for all work produced exclusively for, during and in the complete time frame of the event. Contestant is subject to all registration fees, applicable taxes, and all other related expenses on behalf of him/her entering the above competition. Contestant agrees to abide by all rules set forth by the WBA for this competition. Contestant understands that the WBA, WRA, or any sponsors assume no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to displays or personal items at the Midwest Foodsservice Expo and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the WBA, WRA, and all sponsors from and against all claims, demands, costs, loss, damage, expense, attorney’s fees and liabilities growing out of, or arising from, caused or occasioned by his/her activities in the competition.  Competition entry fees are non-refundable.  All judges’ decisions are final.

Do you have any questions about Wisconsin’s Ultimate Donut Duel?

Contact us by email at info@wibakers.com or call (414) 258-5552 for more information!

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software