Raising Nebraska competitive food event for youth in Grand Island

Staff Writer

Raising Nebraska, the agricultural literacy exhibit open year-round at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds, is hosting a competitive food preparation event for youth ages 10-18. The Nebraska Mystery Foods Event is June 3 at 1 p.m. in Grand Island.

The Nebraska Mystery Foods Event will provide a fun and safe environment for youth to take staple ingredients and create a dish highlighting Nebraska grown foods. Once the dish is prepared, each team of 2-4 will give a short presentation to the judges. Prizes will be awarded for best use of a mystery ingredient, best speaking presentation and best appearance of dish.

“The event is a fun opportunity for any youth that may be thinking about a career in food, nutrition or food science,” said Elizabeth Janning, extension educator with Nebraska Extension. “The event is centered around food, but it encompasses and engages 21st century skills such as teamwork and public speaking.

The entry fee of $20 per team is due by May 23. Youth will be split up into two divisions; 10-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds. There is a limit of 10 teams per division. For complete rules and to download an entry form, visit www.raisingnebraska.net.

For more information, contact Janning at 308-385-3967 or raisingnebraska@unl.edu.

Raising Nebraska is a joint effort of Nebraska Extension within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska State Fair.