Chamomile honey ice cream, BC salmon ginger cakes, maple-thyme roast chicken …do I have your attention? These are just a few of the amazing recipes that kids won with, in last years Field to Fork Challenge.
If you have not heard of the Field to Fork Challenge its ok, I caught you in the nick of time! The second annual Field to Fork Challenge is currently in full force and this year has expanded to include all BC students between the grades of 4 and 12. 4-H BC, BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC), and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries have all teamed up to launch the 2021 challenge, which runs now until September 30th, 2021.
How does it work?
After registering, kids find/create their own BC grown recipe using predominantly BC grown ingredients, they film a short video of themselves making the dish, including a few pictures along the way then submit it for a chance to win a cash prize of $100 to $400.
Kids are judged based on recipes choices, use of BC ingredients, evidence of thorough study, food and kitchen safety and presentation. There is a total of $6400 to be won with a total of 10 winners in each category and age group (junior gr 4-7 /senior gr 8-12).
Recipes from the top placing entrants are featured in the Field to Fork recipe book. Check out last years book here. Those that place will also be invited to attend the 2021 virtual conference in November, where they will take virtual farm tours and learn about BC agriculture. They will also cook BC grown recipes under the expert instruction of Chef Trevor Randall.
Participating in the Field to Fork Challenge gives kids a chance to show off their creativity, have fun, experiment, learn something new, explore new food and appreciate locally grown agriculture.
“This event is a fun and exciting way to encourage youth to get in the kitchen and get creative with BC 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!” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Last years challenge saw 20 winners aged nine to nineteen from all over the province that shared in $3200 in prizes. This year there will be twice as many winners! – 40 kids will share in $6400 in cash prizes!
What a great way to let your kids’ creative juices flow, learn new things and have them make you dinner/dessert at the same time!
What amazing recipes can your kids come up with using BC ingredients?
“I would definitely tell [my friends] to participate. I would say it was a lot of fun, I learned a lot, gained valuable public speaking skills, learned new cooking skills and got to experience with BCs best!” – Victoria P., Golden Ears Community 4-H Club, Port Coquitlam
“It was a fun way to demonstrate what I know about cooking and how I can cook using mostly local ingredients.” – Sava B., Metchosin 4-H Club, Victoria
“It was a very good experience. It taught me a lot and helped me learn more about why I should use BC ingredients and it gave me a better appreciation for farmers in BC.” – Juliet S., Woodlands Hare and Hound 4-H Club, Langley
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. As always my opinions are my own.