Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition events will be announced in the monthly newsletters, in weekly e-mail blasts, and on this website. For more information please contact Shea Nebgen, a Gillespie County Extension Agent, at 830-997-3452.

  • Participation in contest is not required. The workshops are for everyone.
  • County Food Show is held in November
  • District Food Show is held in December
  • State Food Show is held at 4-H Roundup in College Station in June
  • Age for County: 1st grade – 12th grade
  • Age for District and State:  3rd – 12th grade

 

Food Show

  • Workshops conducted by project leaders (4-6 meetings)
  • Starts in September and goes through November
  • Workshops include learning about the food groups, the amount of servings needed, food preparation techniques, and preparing a meal.
  • Contests – you bring a nutritious dish prepared at home.  Participants should be knowledgeable about preparation, the nutrients the dish contains, and what it does for one’s body.  You will need to know MyPlate.
  • Participation in contest is not required.  The workshops are for everyone.
  • County Food Show is held in October.
  • District Food Show is held in December.
  • State Food Show is held at 4-H Roundup in College Station in June
  • Age for district and State: 3rd – 12th grade

 

Food Challenge

 

  • Learn preparation, food safety, nutrition, and cost analysis while preparing a set of ingredients without recipe directions
  • Workshops conducted by project leaders (4-6 meetings)
  • Starts in October and goes through December)
  • County Food Challenge is in November
  • District Food Challenge is in January
  • State Food Challenge is held at 4-H Roundup in College Station in June
  • Age for County, District, and State: 3rd – 12th Grade

The Food Challenge is a team event, with each team made up of three to five 4-H members. Each team is randomly assigned to one of four categories main dish, fruit and vegetable, bread and cereal, and nutritious snacks. The two phases of the contest include: (1) Preparation from a set of ingredients provided, representative of one of the four categories, team members must work together to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes. During the preparation phase, teams must also prepare a presentation for the judges. (2) Presentation: Team presentations should explain the preparation steps, nutritional value of the dish, functions of the nutrients, food safety practices and concerns related to preparation and storage of the dish, serving size and cost of the dish.

 

Nutrition Quiz Bowl

In the foods and nutrition bowl, 4-Hers are tested on their knowledge related to the foods and nutrition project. 4-Hers compete in teams of four in a quiz bowl format.

  • County contest is dependent on number of individuals entered
  • Contest held in conjunction with the District Food Show
  • Contest involves answering questions about food and nutrition
  • Age for County, District and State:  3rd – 12th Grade

 

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