Call for Entries - 2021 Field to Fork Challenge
BC Youth - Enter the 2021 Field to Fork Challenge Now
Attention all young cooks! 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 the launch of the second annual Field to Fork Challenge! BC youth are invited to enter the Challenge and submit BC grown recipes and cooking videos for a chance to win cash prizes totalling $6,400!
Submissions Judged Under the Following Categories:
- 4-H BC Junior Members (born 2008-2011) – Enter June 2 to August 31, 2021
- 4-H BC Senior Members (born 2001-2007) – Enter June 2 to August 31, 2021
- BC Junior-Level Students (grades 4-7) – Enter June 2 to September 30, 2021
- BC Senior-Level Students (grades 8-12) – Enter June 2 to September 30, 2021
Winners will be selected based on recipe choices, use of BC ingredients, evidence of thorough study, food and kitchen safety, and presentation.
10 Cash Prizes Available in Each of the Above-Noted Categories:
- 1st Place: $400
- 2nd Place: $300
- 3rd Place: $200
- 4th to 10th Place: $100 each
In addition to winning cash prizes, top-placing entrants will have the chance to attend the Field to Fork Challenge Virtual Conference on November 13, 2021. Conference attendees will cook BC grown recipes under the expert instruction of Chef Trevor Randle, enjoy virtual farm tours, learn about BC 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, to be available in print and online for all to enjoy.
“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’ve expanded the Challenge to all BC students in grades 4-12, so even more young people can experience the joy of the cooking with BC foods.”
“We are delighted to partner with 4-H BC again this year,” said Pat Tonn, BCAITC Executive Director. “We are able to offer this amazing food and agriculture Challenge province-wide! We invite educators, school administrators, and parents in all regions of BC to encourage students to participate and submit entries of their favourite recipes.”
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 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!”
Check Out Last Year's Event
Last year’s Field to Fork Challenge was a huge success! Participants had a chance to cook and form an appreciation for locally-grown agriculture. The Challenge entrants created an array of recipes from Hungry Hiker Skillet to Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats to Rhubarb Strawberry Pie. Watch the video below for a recap of last year's finalists and activities.
Spread the Message
Help us spread the message of the Field to Fork Challenge and inspire more BC youth to enter this educational agriculture and food initiative. Download this flyer and share with your students, children, and community!
About 4-H BC: 4-H BC is one of Canada’s leading youth organizations committed to developing young people who are empowered leaders with the skills to make positive changes in all communities across British Columbia. Through the efforts of our world-class volunteers and a team of dedicated staff, we are able to deliver top-notch youth development programming that equips and prepares our youth members to become the leaders of tomorrow. 4-H BC is proud to partner with 4-H Canada in providing national and international travel opportunities that contribute to our youth members’ growth and future success. www.4hbc.ca.
About BCAITC: BCAITC is a non-profit, charitable organization that works with educators to bring local agriculture and food education to BC's students. Together with farmers, teachers, and agriculture specialists, we teach students about the story of agriculture and food in BC. www.bcaitc.ca.
BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries Contact Information: Dave Townsend | Government Communications and Public Engagement | Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries | 250.356.7098 | 250.889.5945 (mobile) | www.buybc.gov.bc.ca