People who enter cooking and baking contests tend to be creative. So even though a theme or food category may sound boring or rather plain, people can get very creative. Just look at what today’s cupcake can taste like. So even jello can become a basis for some amazing desserts. Don’t worry about a theme being boring. With a little marketing and some creative people, event goers can be wowed and inspired by the food.

You can also team up a cooking contest with an eating contest. Again, appealing to a variety of people. For something really different and fun, especially with young families is a baby food making/cooking contest. You can even have a panel of young kids to participate as judges. It’s a blast!

Most events include selling or giving away food to the public. Should your theme provide an opportunity for contestants to use wild animals such as snakes, a turkey, wild boar or another wild animal, make sure the contestant checks with the health department to see if it is permitted. And make sure you involve the health department EARLY in the planning process to help assure a successful event. I can’t stress how important it is to meet with a health department representative before doing anything else. Outdoor events can be particularly challenging as rules can be very restrictive. Know and follow the rules.

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People who enter cooking and baking contests tend to be creative. So even though a theme or food category may sound boring or rather plain, people can get very creative. Just look at what today’s cupcake can taste like. So even jello can become a basis for some amazing desserts. Don’t worry about a theme being boring. With a little marketing and some creative people, event goers can be wowed and inspired by the food.

You can also team up a cooking contest with an eating contest. Again, appealing to a variety of people. For something really different and fun, especially with young families is a baby food making/cooking contest. You can even have a panel of young kids to participate as judges. It’s a blast!

Most events include selling or giving away food to the public. Should your theme provide an opportunity for contestants to use wild animals such as snakes, a turkey, wild boar or another wild animal, make sure the contestant checks with the health department to see if it is permitted. And make sure you involve the health department EARLY in the planning process to help assure a successful event. I can’t stress how important it is to meet with a health department representative before doing anything else. Outdoor events can be particularly challenging as rules can be very restrictive. Know and follow the rules.

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