2022 4-H Food Festival

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 5:30 pm at Lewis Vincent Elementary

Contest Description:

This contest provides the opportunity for Livingston Parish 4-H members to develop new skills and express themselves through cooking! Entries should be prepared before and brought to the contest COLD and ON ICE. Dishes will be tasted for judging. While judging is taking place, participants and family members will be able to participate in fun, hands on activities to learn about healthy living put on by our FCS agent Ms. Tramayne Richardson with the help of our Junior Leaders. Parish winners will be invited to compete at the District Cookery Contest in May. If you have any questions please contact your 4-H leader or the 4-H office (225-686-3020).

Good Luck!

General Rules:

  • Each 4-H member may enter only one (1) dish in each contest. (Example: 1 Seafood, 1 Egg, 1 Beef, 1 Poultry, 1 Bento & 1 Sugar.)
  • Members MUST submit one serving of their dish for judging, however, the whole dish may be entered.
  • Only judges and 4-H agents will be allowed in contest area while judging is in progress.
  • All dishes must be prepared at home and brought to the contest ready for the judges to taste. Microwaves will be available for judges to reheat if necessary.
  • All contestants must have two (2) copies of their recipes (use the form provided); one with name and one without name.
    • Follow the guidelines below for the correct recipe format.
  • Recipe must include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving. Calories per serving should be 500 calories or less.
  • Please follow the food safety guidelines as listed in this packet. Dishes will be disqualified if they do not arrive at the contest cold and packed on ice or an insulated ice chest.
    • Special note about food transport: Insulated pharmaceutical and floral boxes, etc. are not considered acceptable for transportation of food. Any insulated container not designed to transport food for human consumption will be disqualified.
  • Anything used to enhance the appearance of the dish must be in or on the serving container. Example of items not allowed: placemats, flowers and table arrangements, figurines, etc.
  • The highest scoring dish in each division exhibited by a Livingston Parish 4-H member will compete in the Area Cookery Contest in the spring.

Dietary Guidelines:

Care should be taken that added ingredients and preparation methods do not contribute excessive amounts of fat and sodium. Consider the nutritional aspects of all the ingredients in your recipe. Explain in your recipe any changes you make in your ingredients of preparation methods to modify fat or sodium.

Tips you might try to lower fat:

Make lower fat food or ingredient choices. For example, you might:

  • Choose low-fat or skim milk instead of whole milk.
  • Choose low-fat or nonfat yogurt instead of regular yogurt or sour cream.
  • Choose reduced calorie margarine instead of butter or regular margarine.
  • Choose oil instead of solid shortening.
  • Choose lean ground beef instead of regular ground beef.
  • Choose reduced calorie mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise.
  • Reduce the oil in recipes. Start by reducing it by 1/4. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, use 3/4 cup.
  • Frying adds extra fat. It is best to choose another method of preparation such as baking, broiling, grilling or steaming.

Tips you might try to lower sodium:

  • Salt is our major source of sodium which is needed for healthy bodies. Too much salt can be harmful. Salt in recipes can be reduced by one-half without affecting the taste. Try reducing the salt in your recipe.
  • Canned vegetables and soups are high in sodium. Choose canned soups labeled “1/3 less salt” or “no salt added.” Choose fresh or frozen vegetables or canned vegetables with reduced salt or sodium.

Food Safety:

Food safety is an important consideration. The risk of food-borne illness greatly increases when foods are held at room temperature for extended periods. Therefore, the dish should be prepared and chilled in the refrigerator temperature and transported on ice in an ice chest to the contest. Dishes Not Chilled and Transported In This Way Will Be Disqualified By Contest Officials. Entries that need to be heated to taste their best will be heated at the time of judging.

Recipe Format:

Be sure your recipe is written correctly. The recipe should include the following parts:

  • Name of recipe given
  • Ingredients listed in order used in instructions – No brand names used
  • Clear instruction for combining ingredients given
  • Size of pan stated
  • Temperature and cooking time stated
  • Number of servings given
  • Dish meets contest and division requirements
    • Special recipe format requirements for contestants entering one of the Beef Cookery Contest. In the Beef Cookery Contest, each category requires special items listed on the recipe, i.e. Low-Calorie Main Dish requires special items listed for each ingredient and calories per serving listed.
  • Place your name, grade and school on back of your recipe form.

Scoring Factors: (100 points total)

  • Recipe – 20 points (Recipe form is on back page)
    • Does the recipe state the name of the dish?
    • Does the recipe meet the contest and division requirements?
    • Does the recipe contain clear instructions?
  • Taste – 50 points
    • Does the finished dish have flavor that appeals to most people?
    • Do the flavors blend together?
  • Appearance – 15 points
    • Does the finished dish look appetizing?
    • Garnishes and accompaniments will not be considered in scoring.
  • Ease of Preparation – 15 points
    • Procedure is relatively uncomplicated.

Egg Cookery Contest:

  • Categories:
    • Appetizer/Salad
      • Examples include egg dip, deviled eggs, bacon stuffed eggs, egg ball, seafood salad, meat salad, chef salad, potato salad, egg salad, macaroni salad, etc.
    • Main Dish
      • Examples include casseroles, eggs and meat, eggs and seafood, eggs and cheese, omelet, quiche, etc.
    • Dessert
      • Examples include cakes, custards, tarts, ice cream, bread pudding, pie, etc.
  • General Requirements:
    • Each dish must contain a minimum of four (4) eggs.
      • This can be four egg whites, four egg yolks, four whole eggs, or any combination, as long as four (4) eggs are broken.
    • The recipe with four eggs must make only one standard size dish.
      • For example, a recipe with four eggs that makes two pies of standard size will not qualify. No raw eggs will be allowed in the final product.
    • The recipe should include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving.

Poultry Cookery Contest:

  • Categories:
    • Chicken
      • Chicken includes any of the following: fryer, capon, roaster, broiler, baking hen, or Cornish hen.
    • Process Poultry Products –
      • Examples include: ground turkey, turkey bacon, turkey sausage, smoked turkey, turkey ham, turkey rolls, ground chicken, chicken nugget, chicken franks, smoked chicken, chicken strips, and canned chicken.
      • Any dishes containing any turkey item, (whole, part or processed) should be entered in this division.
    • Other Poultry Meats –
      • You may choose poultry meat from any of the following: duck, quail, pheasant, pigeon, guinea, goose, grouse, ostrich, emu or dove.
  • General Requirements:
    • Chicken and other poultry meats dishes must contain a minimum of two pounds of bone-in or one pound of de-boned poultry meat.
    • Processed poultry dishes must include a minimum of 12 oz. of processed poultry products.
    • The recipe should include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving.

Seafood Cookery Contest:

  • Categories:
    • Oyster
    • Crab
    • Shrimp
    • Fish or Other Seafood
    • Crawfish
  • General Requirements:
    • Bring a prepared seafood dish to the contest.
    • The dish must use at least one (1) cup of seafood.
    • The seafood must be fresh, frozen, pasteurized or dried. Canned seafood is not acceptable.
      • Surimi, an artificial crab made from fish, cannot be used.
      • There can be no raw seafood in the final dish!
    • Dishes may contain a small amount of a second seafood but not more than ½ of the amount of the primary seafood.
      • For example, a recipe could contain one cup of crab as the primary seafood and ½ cup of shrimp as the secondary seafood.
    • The recipe should include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving.

Beef Cookery Contest:

  • Categories:
    • Low-Calorie Main Dish
      • Dish must provide less than 300 calories per serving.
      • Calculation of calories must be stated on recipe.
        • Use “Calories and Weight, the USDA Pocket Guide”.
        • 1000 calories per pound of beef if raw beef is used.
        • 850 calories per pound if beef is browned and drained before adding to dish.
    • Quick and Easy Main Dish
      • Dish that is ready to serve in less than one hour.
        • Simplicity of steps is very important.
      • The time for each step and for cooking or baking must be stated on recipe.
    • One-Dish Meal
      • Dish that provides foods from at least three of the main food groups from “My Plate”.
      • Foods and food groups should be stated on recipe.
  • General Requirements:
    • A minimum of one pound of ground beef must be used.
    • The recipe should include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving.

Sugar Cookery Contest:

  • Categories:
    • Cakes
    • Candy
    • Cookies
    • Pies
  • General Requirements:
    • The dish must use at least one-half (1/2) cup of sugar.
      • The sugar used in the recipe may be granulated sugar, brown (light or dark) sugar, powdered sugar, or any combination of the above.
      • Mixes are permitted as long as ½ cup of additional sugar is added to the recipe.
    • The recipe should include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving.

Healthy Boxed Lunch or "Bento" Contest:

A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box. "Bento" is Japanese for packed lunch or meal.

  • General Requirements:
    • Bento boxes should be representative of “MyPlate” recommendations. www.myplate.gov
    • Create a lunch to be eaten at school by a student age 9 to 12. The beverage to accompany the meal will be water (you do not need to include this).
    • Bento Lunches should be packed in a portable, lock-top, and leak proof container, chilled and on ice.
      • The food should be exhibited in a disposable serving container, not to exceed 18”.

“Just For Fun” Categories:

There will be no area or state competition for the “Just for Fun” categories.

  • Categories:
    • My Favorite Dish
    • Dessert
    • Game
    • Other
  • General Requirements:
    • These categories are for dishes that do not meet the requirements for any other contests.
    • The recipe should include an estimate of calories per serving and cost per serving.

Recipe Evaluation:

  • Name of Recipe stated
  • Ingredients listed in order used in the instructions
  • Include size and weight of cans, packages, etc. (Examples: 10 ¾ ounce can of cream of mushroom soup, 2 ounce package of chili seasoning)
  • Clear instructions
    • Do not use abbreviations; spell out measurements (i.e. use “teaspoon” instead of “tsp.”)
    • Use generic names for ingredients rather than name brands (i.e. “creole seasoning” instead of “Tony Chachere’s”, “can of diced tomatoes and green chilies” instead of “Rotel”.)
  • Size of pan stated (i.e. 12-inch skillet, 5 quart pot, 9X13 inch baking pan, large mixing bowl.)
  • Temperature and cooking time stated (i.e. “350 degrees for 45 minutes” – if using the oven or “medium heat for 10 minutes” if cooking on stove burner)
  • Number of servings given (i.e. 6-8)
  • Dish meets contest and division requirements.
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