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The Delaware 4-H Program recently held their annual Favorite Foods Contest. Approximately 200 Delaware 4-H’ers ages 5-19 compete in the contest held in each county. Members prepare a dish and bring it along with a place setting to the contest site. There are four age divisions and categories including breads, meat and main dish, fruits and vegetables and desserts. New categories in 2018 were Soups, Stews and Chili and Recipe Redo.
For Recipe Redo 4-H’ers are encouraged to take a recipe and substitute ingredients to make a healthier version or to modify a recipe for a special diet.
4-H members learn a variety of life skills in this activity including:
1. Knowledge of good nutrition and meal planning using MYPlate food guide.
2. Food preparation skills, food safety and display techniques.
3. Originality, creativity, initiative, time management, interview skills and poise.
Master Food Educators, 4-H volunteers and 4-H alumni serve as judges. The Delaware 4-H Foundation sponsors prizes for this event.
In addition, 4-H’ers may compete in a Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest where they learn about nutrition, physical activity, food safety, cooking terminology, tools of the trade, consumer education, recipe measurements and more.
Congratulations to all the participants!