It is time to send your mustards to the National Mustard Museum for the nineteenth annual World-Wide Mustard Competition. The competition is held under the auspices of the National Mustard Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting the condiment that means so much to us all. Mustards from around the world – from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States, and more – have entered over the years.
As founder and curator of the National Mustard Museum, I have been coordinating the judging of this prestigious international tasting since its inception in 1995. It is a blind tasting, so the judges have only unlabeled mustards in front of them. They do not know if they are sampling the mustard of a large international company or that of a small artisan moutardier. We bring together chefs, food writers, other food professionals and mustard aficionados to carefully evaluate the mustards. As you can imagine, it is a daunting task but one that our judges take very seriously.
Please review the rules and category descriptions (links below). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. You should duplicate the entry form if you are entering more than one mustard.
Your entries are due here at the Mustard Museum by March 15, 2013. Please pack them well. We will keep them under optimal storage conditions until the actual competition begins.
Medals will be awarded to the top three mustards in each category and a Grand Champion award will go to the best of the gold medal winners. We will notify all the winners after the judges make their final decisions in late April. The National Mustard Museum will host a medal presentation event in early May and will send a release to the trade and consumer media.
See below for links to Entry Information (click to view, right-click to download).
And may the best mustards win! (Especially yours!)
Barry Levenson, Judge Coordinator and Museum Curator
National Mustard Museum
7477 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562 USA