Attention to all young people who like to cook! Here is a great chance to show what you can do in the kitchen, have plenty of fun while participating, and also offers an opportunity to win cash prizes.
British Columbia youth are invited to enter the Field To Fork Challenge by submitting B.C. grown recipes, along with cooking videos, for a chance at $6,400 in cash prizes.
4-H British Columbia (4-H BC), BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC), and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries are pleased to announce this second annual Field to Fork Challenge.
“We’re excited to build on the success of last year’s Field to Fork Challenge,” said Aleda Welch, 4-H BC Manager. “This year, along with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries, we have expanded the Challenge to all B.C. students in grades 4 – 12, so even more young people can experience the joy of cooking with B.C. foods.”
In addition to winning cash prizes, top-placing entrants will have the chance to attend the Field to Fork Challenge Virtual Conference on Nov. 13, 2021. Conference attendees will cook B.C. grown recipes under the expert instruction of Chef Trevor Randle, enjoy virtual farm tours, learn about B.C. agriculture from farmers in the field, and enjoy other fun activities. Recipes from top-placing entrants will also be featured in the Field to Fork Challenge Recipe book, which will be available in print and online for all to enjoy.
Challenge submissions will be judged under the following categories:
• 4-H BC Junior Members (born 2008-2011) – Enter June 2 to Aug. 31, 2021
• 4-H BC Senior Members (born 2001-2007) – Enter June 2 to Aug. 31, 2021
• BC Junior-Level Students (grades 4-7) – Enter June 2 to Sept. 30, 2021
• BC Senior-Level Students (grades 8-12) – Enter June 2 to Sept. 30, 2021
Winners will be selected based on recipe choices, use of B.C. ingredients, evidence of thorough study, food and kitchen safety, and presentation.
Ten cash prizes are available in each of the above-noted categories:
• First place: $400
• Second place: $300
• Third place: $200
• Fourth to tenth place: $100 each
Last year’s Field to Fork Challenge proved to be a huge success as participants had a chance to cook and form an appreciation for locally-grown agriculture. Challenge entrants created an array of recipes from Hungry Hiker Skillet to Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats to Rhubarb Strawberry Pie. A recap of last year’s entries can be found at www.4hbc.ca and www.bcaitc.ca.
Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, echoed the comments from Welch and Tonn, “This event is a fun and exciting way to encourage youth to get in the kitchen and get creative with B.C. ingredients. Agriculture is a part of all our daily lives. Whether you’re a farmer, a chef or just love enjoying fresh local produce during a meal, agriculture is all around us. After seeing last year’s amazing turnout of the Field to Fork Challenge, I can’t wait to see what the contestants come up with, and try a few of their recipes!”
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