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County 4-H Favorite Foods Day

Santa Clara County 4-H Favorite Foods Day 2020


Let’s get cooking! Mark your calendars for Saturday March 7, 2020 

and Complete your registration Here. 

Favorite Foods Day is a county wide event held once a year to provide a “Learn by doing” educational experience for 4-H youth members.  Emphasis for this event is on meal preparation, nutritional knowledge, menu planning, food safety, table setting, and Favorite Food item.  Members should make a product suitable for their age.  Advanced members are expected to prepare foods that take extra time, preparation and skills.  All Novice, Beginner, Junior and Senior entries are judged on a Danish System.  This allows for each entrant to be judged independently according to the Judging Guidelines that have been provided.  Hence, there may be more than one entry scored as first place and so on.  Additionally, the top scoring entries will receive bonus prizes.  Clovers will be evaluated and receive participation recognition and a prize. Clovers (age 5-8) do not receive place rankings. Participating in Favorite Foods Day is free of charge to all current 4-H members.


Categories and Age Divisions: 

All participants ages 9 to 18 may choose: Salad, Dessert, my plate or Healthy Substitution Examples of Healthy Food Substitutions

My Plate Returning Members ages 9-19 May select one of the above or a One Dish Meal (soup,stew, Crock pot meal) Should include 3 of the 5 categories from the  My Plate Guidelines.

Ages 5-8 may choose: Salad or Dessert

Favorite Foods Day Age Divisions: There are five (5) age divisions for the event. This allows members to compete with others in the same age range or experience level. Enter the age division that corresponds to your age as of December 31 of the current 4-H program year. 

The age divisions are as follows:

Clovers 5 – 8 Years (Non-Competitive)

Beginner 9 – 10 Years

Junior 11 – 13 Years

Novice 11 and older, and have not participated in Favorite Foods Day before

Senior 14 Years and older

Adults: You are also encouraged to participate in the PEOPLE'S CHOICE Judging portion of this event by entering a sweet or savory dish using CHOCOLATE (fresh or powder).  Please bring a recipe card with you on the day of the event; adults do not require a table setting or a menu. Adults must submit an entry separate from the youth's entry. Register here.


Favorite Food Day Menu: What should be included in my menu?

Recipe Guidelines What should be included in my recipe card?

Table Setting: How do I make my table setting? 

Place Setting Examples What should be included?

People's Choice Entry

My Plate Guidelines  What is a My Plate entry?

Favorite Foods Day Frequently Asked Questions Questions? Check here first

What do I do after I set up?

Knowledge: Judges will quiz members on their knowledge of food safety, measurements, nutrition and food preparation for all items on their menu.  Know where your Favorite Food fits in the  “My Plate Guidelines”.

Showmanship: This is a showmanship event.   Cleanliness and dress appropriate to food service is important.  Hair should be neat and out of the member’s face.  Wearing a 4-H uniform is optional.  A costume or outfit related to the menu is also appropriate.  For example, formal dress clothes may be worn for a fancy dinner menu; or for an international dish – the clothing of that culture.


Favorite Foods Day Safety

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