Our annual pumpkin art competition is back for 2020 and this year you could win Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two worth £44.
As the chefs have been preparing new seasonal dishes on the menu for Autumn, our minds turn to the creativity that the pumpkin competition brings us this time of year!
For the chance to win our annual pumpkin competition, all you have to do is get creative with a pumpkin and share your designs with us on social media.
There is no restriction on how many pumpkins you post. The more you post, the better chance you have of winning!
Take a look at some of the competition entries from previous years, to get some inspiration for your very own design.
How to Enter Pumpkin Competition
You can enter your spooky pumpkin designs on social media, either by commenting on our Pumpkin Competiton post on Facebook, or by using the hashtag #HartsPumpkinCompetition on Twitter or Instagram.
The pumpkin that receives the most amount of likes will win Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two. Feel free to share your picture with your friends and family. If a clear winner is not identified the designs with the most likes will be presented to our judges for a final decision.
Most importantly good luck and have fun with designing your pumpkin!
Terms & Conditions Apply
The competition ends at midnight on Friday 30th October, and we will announce the winner on social media around midday on Saturday 31st October 2020.
The prize will be Traditional Afternoon Tea for two. A voucher will be posted to the winner’s postal address for them to redeem within 12 months. The prize can be redeemed Monday to Saturday between 12 – 4pm.
The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be accepted.
Pumpkin Carving Top Tips
Choose your pumpkin carefully. Do you need one with a flattish front for your design or would some lumps and bumps add some character?
Draw your design onto your pumpkin before you start to carve and only then pick up your knife when you are happy!
If you are hollowing out your pumpkin, why not use an ice cream scoop? Also, try varying the thickness of the sides to alter the amount of light that shines through. In some places shave off the skin to give a two-tone effect and add depth.
Get creative with crafty bits from around the house. Use nuts and bolts for the eyes, stick on diamante for added bling or even get out your paintbrush and add some colour – also a great way for children to be involved without using a knife.
To preserve and firm up your pumpkin, place in a tub of cold water mixed with a little bleach and put the carved part face down. To store overnight, wrap your creation in cling film and pop in the fridge.
For more top tips visit BBC Good Food.