What is Food Fiesta?
Food Fiesta is a competition where participants are individually judged against a standard. This means that everyone has the potential to receive a blue ribbon if they do an outstanding job and receive high points from the judges. Feedback is given to encourage growth and thus members who have participated in prior Food Fiestas will likely see improvement in their scores each time they participate. There is no best of show in Food Fiesta. Food Fiesta is a positive event where camaraderie and mutual support between participants is encouraged.
The development of essential life skills is an important characteristic of 4-H programming. In Food Fiesta, participants develop their interviewing skills. Although job interviewing may be far in their future, 4-H members may have interviews as youth when applying to be babysitters, assistants in religious schools, camp counselors in training, community volunteers, for leadership roles, etc. Past participants in Food Fiesta have expressed that they have improved in their presentation skills and have become more confident in small group speaking. So come to Food Fiesta to present your food, and know that it isn’t just cooking skills that are being cultivated!
Save the Date! January 25th, 2020
Saturday, January 25th @ 9am -3pm (interview times will be emailed to members the week before the event)
UC South Coast Research & Extension Center
7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine, CA 92618
Click HERE to register and pay online (Deadline is January 15, 2020) or send payment by check (accepted if postmarked by January 15, 2020) to OC 4-H Food Fiesta, attn: Sandy Jacobs, 7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine CA 92618
HOLIDAY SPECIAL! EARLY BIRD PRICING EXTENDED!
YOUTH: $8.25 by 1/15/20
ADULT: $10.25 by 1/15/20
CONTRIBUTE EXTRA RECIPES TO THE COOKBOOK: $1.00 each
BUY AN EXTRA COOKBOOK FOR GRANDMA (You know she'll love it!) & FRIENDS! ONLY $5.25 each
Who is eligible to enter?
All 4-H members are welcome, especially those enrolled in Foods/Nutrition, Cake Decorating, Breads, and Food Preservation. Primary members (ages 5-8) are welcome to participate and will be provided with positive reinforcement from judges as encouragement to return for competition in future Food Fiesta events. Parents may enter in the parent category.
Theme: Make It With Bacon
Who doesn’t love Bacon!! Bacon is quite a versatile food. It can be used in savory dishes or in sweet dishes. Get creative! You can find recipes from family members, cookbooks or for the extra creative you can look on Pinterest and Instagram. Show us what inspires you when you think of bacon.
Here are the guidelines for entering and the judging sheets to help you prepare for the event: