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The Delaware 4-H Program recently held one of the most popular 4-H events, the 2019 Favorite Foods Contest. Delaware 4-H’ers compete in the contest held in each county. Members prepare a dish and bring it along with a place setting and centerpiece to the contest site. There are four age divisions and categories such as breads, meat and main dish, side dishes, soups, stews and chili, desserts and recipe redo. In the Recipe Redo category, 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.
Contestants are judged based on the following: menu, recipe, food preparation, table setting and member knowledge. Master Food Educators, 4-H volunteers and 4-H Alumni serve as judges. The Delaware 4-H Foundation sponsors awards 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. Members who score in the top 10 of the Senior Judging Contest are eligible to participate in the Foods Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair.
Congratulations to all the participants!