More than 60 members of five Madera County 4-H clubs gathered at Minarets High School Jan. 20 for the annual Favorite Foods Day competition.
Fifteen hungry judges were on hand to select winners in the baking/cooking event that featured 80 entries in 15 categories including cookies, cakes, breads, appetizers, pastries, international foods, salads, dairy foods, candies and entrees.
The entrees were judged on flavor, texture, appearance, completeness of recipe, and presentation.
Coarsegold 4-H Club Advisor Pat Strimling has been involved in the event for 40 years.
“This is a great annual event that all the 4-H club members really have fun at,” Strimling said. “This is just one aspect of 4-H - one that allows club members to learn cooking and baking skills, including how to put a variety of ingredients together from a recipe to create something that looks and tastes great.”
Awards were given for special categories including special occasion decorating, decorated food, place setting and beef, lamb and pork dishes.
An optional event at Favorite Foods Day was the Consumer Science Judging, where club members exhibited their skills in what to look for in selecting the best quality oranges, tomatoes and avocados. At one station, a number of kitchen utensils were displayed and the club members had to explain what they were and what they were used for.
Another station had four plates with a variety of food and drink on them and the 4-H club members were tested and scored on choosing which of the four plates before them offered the the healthiest snack. This portion of Favorite Food Day was coordinated by Barbara Lynch, Coarsegold 4-H parent leader.
The five county clubs that participated in the event were Coarsegold, Dixieland, Sierra Shadows, Chowchilla and Raymond.
NOTE: For the complete list of winners will be available for download from the event, go to www.sierrastar.com.