Youth ages 9 to 19 who want to show off their cooking skills can enter their best dishes in the 2013 4-H Oklahoma County Food Fest scheduled to get underway Monday, March 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The 4-H Food Fest, which will be held at the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service located at 930 N. Portland, is open to all youth across the metro area.
“We want to stress that you don’t have to be in 4-H to enter,” said Amanda Horn, a Registered Dietitian who is also a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Program. “We want any young person who loves to cook to bring in their favorite dishes.”
Participants in the Food Fest will bring in their prepared dishes, which will be placed in one of six classes: Main Dishes, Breads and Cereals, Ethnic Favorites, Fruits and Vegetables, Nutritious Snacks, and Desserts. Each participant can enter up to two dishes in the 4-H Food Fest within one of two age categories (9 to 12 and 13 to 18).
“We hope to have a variety of dishes in each category,” Horn commented. “It’s always fun for participants to see how creative their competitors can get.”
Each dish, which must be covered when entered, should be submitted along with the recipe used to make it, and then all entries are judged within their category. Exhibitors will also be interviewed by the judge, who will question the participating chefs about nutrition knowledge, food safety elements, preparation techniques and even taste issues.
“This should be a fun time for everyone who attends,” Horn remarked. “This is a good way for aspiring chefs to see how their dishes measure up to others.”
To enter, participants who fall into the appropriate age categories must register by February 27. Registration is available online at http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma/4-h/food-fest-registration or may be submitted at the 4-H office. There is no charge for this event.