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The 4-H Favorite Foods Contest is one of Delaware 4-H’s most popular events. It is held in all three counties and is open to any 4-H members currently taking any Foods, Bread, Food Preservation, Exploring 4-H or Cloverbud project. The member prepares a dish at home and brings the dish and a place setting to the contest site. Categories to enter are based on age groups and can include: Appetizers and Soups, Meat and Main Dish, Fruits and Vegetables and Desserts. Contestants are judged based on the following: menu, recipe, food preparation, table setting and member knowledge.
4-H members taking part in the Favorite Foods Contest:
• Increase their knowledge of the importance of good nutrition
• Improve skills in food preparation and display
• Increase originality, creativity, initiative and poise
• Develop wholesome attitude, character and personality traits.
After contestants are judged on their dish and place setting, they are encouraged to take part in the Foods & Nutrition Judging Contest. This contest reviews the member’s knowledge of MyPlate, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Cooking Terminology, Consumer Education and Measuring Math. 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.
While contestants are waiting for others to be judged, there are a variety of activities to keep them occupied such as a craft corner and information tables about other upcoming judging contests. Volunteers and Junior Council members help in a variety of ways to help the event run smoothly.
All participating members receive a ribbon and a cookbook with contestant recipes. Winners and Honorable Mention are announced for each category and receive a certificate. Top category winners also receive a gift from the Delaware 4-H Foundation and a county sponsored prize.
This year, all three counties held their event on February 20. A total of 175 members competed statewide. Photographs from these events can be found on the Delaware 4-H Flickr site.