We are excited to bring you round two of Memphis’ brunch festival—a fun idea between two friends that thanks to many community sponsors, hard-working volunteers, and willing participants had a successful inaugural year in 2015. We know you’ve been planning all year, so it’s time to make it official and fill out your team line-up and fry some bacon! We are pumped to see our returners and we welcome all of our new teams and look forward to another successful BreakFest.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to shoot us an email at any time at [email protected].

Now, pass the champs!

Load-in and Check-in Instructions

Setup will take place between 7:00-9:00 am, September 24, 2016. BreakFest will open to the public at 10:00 am. Vehicles will be allowed to load-in in the cooking areas during the designated loading time which will be provided by the event staff and coordinators.

A check-in volunteer will direct you into the team cooking area. Team areas will be assigned closest to the stage by the order of receipt of paid entry.

After unloading and parking your vehicle off site, please proceed to the Judging Tent to register your team. Teams are required to move vehicles off site as soon as items are unloaded during load-in times.

Vehicles will not be allowed back in the cooking areas until after the contest for load-out until the festival closes to the public at 4:00 pm. The area will be blocked off by security until then.

Team Area Instructions


Tents must be flame retardant with a certificate stating so. Any tent over 10’ x 10’ must be permitted by the Memphis Fire Department. Extremely flammable decorations shall not be permitted. The use of open flames is strictly prohibited in or near tents. Coleman style lanterns and stoves are permitted.

Each team must have a fire extinguisher of a 20A, 40bc rating. Please check and make sure they are charged and functioning.

Tents must be weighted and no staking is allowed.


Electricity is provided for an additional fee for those teams who indicate so upon paid entry. At any time, BreakFest has the right to restrict teams’ electrical usage to 1200W based on demand.

Electricity will not be connected to your area until you have checked-in at the Judging Tent upon load-in.

Due to potential safety hazards, do not tamper with any electrical wiring. Teams causing damage to the electrical grid will be billed for the cost of repairs. Any team tampering with any electrical box or main electrical outlet will be automatically disqualified from the contest.

Generators are not permitted.

Special Rules on Use of Propane

Participants are allowed one (1) 20-pound bottle of propane for cooking purposes. The bottle must be secured and be equipped with a U.L. approved safety relief valve, a hose in good condition, and proper connections. Participants may have one (1) 20-pound bottle on site to use as a spare, provided it is secured and located away from the cooking device.


Live entertainment will be taking place during the festival from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

No live or amplified music will be allowed in the individual team areas at any time during the event. Teams are responsible for keeping their team noise at a level acceptable to their neighboring teams. Festival coordinators may ask your team to reduce the noise if the neighbors present sufficient complaints. Failure to comply with the festival coordinator’s request will result in disqualification of the team.

NO obscene music is allowed at anytime.

Food and Beverages

No glass bottles. To ensure safety, please be sure to pass this information along to your team and guests. Under NO circumstances are alcoholic beverages to be given away or sold to the general public by contestants. Any team serving alcoholic beverages to minors will face possible arrest in addition to disqualification from BreakFest.

Food Sampling

Teams have the option to provide general public samples in return for a small donation to UBFM. If your team chooses to hand out samples, team members handling samples must use barrier protection, such as gloves, tongs, spatula, wax paper etc., between the food and the team members’ hands. All samples, must be served in a single, or “individual” serving size.

Prohibited Items and Actions

No motorized vehicles will be allowed inside the festival.

Weapons of any kind are prohibited. No water guns, super soakers, or any water weapon will be allowed. All such items will be confiscated.

No live animals, except aides to persons with disabilities, are allowed in the festival at any time. BreakFest requests and requires that good taste be used with team conduct during the contest.

Children may not be left unattended or unsupervised to roam the festival or its outlying areas.

Security and Admissions

Volunteers and Festival Security will be provided for the duration of the event at all entries and exits. Main admission entry will be through the main stairs of the Water Tower Pavilion. Team members with the appropriate wristband will be allowed entry through either driveway.

If you or your team members notice any suspicious activity, please inform a volunteer or event coordinator.


Waste Removal Requirements

General Trash

Trash bags will be provided by each contestant. A dumpster for trash will be on-site. Contestants will be responsible for cleaning up their area after the contest. Trash MUST be placed in the dumpster, not next to it.

Load-out and Check-out Instructions

Team load-out begins at 4:00 pm at the close of the festival. Vehicles will be allowed 30 minutes after the close of the festival.

To receive your clean-up deposit, your team must do the following:

Remove all items from team area

Clean the grounds of debris and loose trash in and around team area

Failure to follow the rules will result in the loss of the $250 clean-up deposit.

Teams will not only lose the clean-up deposit, but will also be assessed additional fines if they cause any damage to the pavilion. Failure to pay additional fees may result in disqualification of any future BreakFest competition.

All teams spaces must be cleared by 7pm on Saturday, September 26th.



For all competitions, participants must adhere to the applicable rules and regulations of the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department.

General Rules

Each team competing shall supply all of their own cooking ingredients, cooking devices, utensils, preparation stations, etc. No foods can be prepared ahead of time; all foods must be prepped at the competition, with the exception of baked items, biscuits and batters. All food must be properly stored. The use of ice chests for storage of cold food items is acceptable.

Official Competition Categories

Competition Categories

Breakfast Sandwich

The breakfast sandwich is a sandwich filled with foods associated to breakfast.


The omelette competition is a dish of beaten eggs cooked in a frying pan until firm. Teams are encouraged to show their creativity when it comes to the filling.

Breakfast Sweets

The breakfast sweets competition is for dishes that have a strong sweet element to them whether that includes syrup, powdered sugar, a sugar glaze or, nature’s sugar, fruit.

Anything Goes

The “Anything Goes” competition is for breakfast dishes that don’t fall into the above categories but is still considered a breakfast or brunch dish.

Bacon Lovers

Bacon Lovers includes any dish that uses bacon as a primary ingredient. Get creative and get your bacon on.


Each team is required to turn in four (4) of the same dish for each category the team is competing in. Boxes will be provided to each team to be used to turn in dishes for blind judging. Turn in boxes may include whatever garnishes or additional food items that teams want to include. Any sauce or dip may be included in the box, but it is up to the judges if they decide to use them. Submission guidelines will be distributed during the mandatory team meeting TBD. Dishes will be judged on appearance, creativity, and taste. Judges may not fraternize with teams until the conclusion of judging.


Scoring will be based on a 1-10 judging scale, all whole numbers. 10 out of this world, 9 excellent, 8 very good, 7 above average, 6 meh, 5 below average, 4 bad, 3 bad, 2 inedible, 1 disqualification. Judges will give a one (1) for less than 4 samples, a foreign object in the container, a marked turn in container, and undercooked meat or eggs. The lowest score will be thrown out. Results are tallied and if there is a tie in one of the categories, the scores will be compared using all four judges for the highest cumulative scores in appearance, then creativity, then taste. If still tied, the lowest score that was thrown out will be compared and the highest of the low scores will break the tie. If still tied, a computer generated coin flip will break the tie.


While BreakFest is still in its festival infancy, we have opted not to provide cash prizes in order to maximize our donation to UBFM. We will have unique trophies and winners will be granted annual bragging rights.

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