The Evangeline Parish 4-H 15th Annual Cotton Food Festival (Beef, Seafood, Rice and Sugar Cookery Contests) will be held at the Ville Platte, La. Civic Center Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Dishes will be accepted from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
This contest is for 4-H Club members to have satisfactory learning experiences and acquire knowledge of quality standards, size classifications, nutritional value, storage, cooking principles, versatility, use and economic value of seafood, beef, rice and sugar products.
The Parish Beef Cookery Contest is sponsored by the Evangeline Parish Cattleman’s Association. The Seafood Cookery Contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Cotton Festival Association. The Rice Cookery Contest is sponsored by Evangeline Parish Rice Growers Association. The Sugar Cookery Contest is sponsored by Mikey’s Donuts.
The contest is divided into three divisions:
Bring a prepared rice dish to the contest. Dish must contain at least 1 cup of cooked rice. Wild rice is not cultivated rice in Louisiana and does not meet the requirement of 1 cup of rice. Dishes containing rice products such as rice cereal, rice flour, etc. must also contain cooked rice. Example: Traditional rice krispie treats do not meet the contest requirements.
The contest is divided into two divisions:
Beef Cookery Rules
NOTE: All ground beef should be cooked until gray in color, not pink, and juices run clear.
4-H Seafood Cookery Rules
|white shrimp||brown shrimp||buffalo fish||croaker|
|pink shrimp||sea bobs (shrimp)||gaspergou||Spanish mackerel|
|blue crab||crawfish||alligator||bearded brotula|
|oysters||garfish||blackfin tuna||blue runners|
|freshwater catfish||shark||bluefish||bowfin (choupique)|
|cobia (lemon fish)||triggerfish||butterfish||carp|
|black drum||pompano||chub mackerel||crevalle, jack|
|snappers||blue fin tuna||freshwater eels||freshwater turtle|
|speckled trout||king macherel||frog legs (bullfrog)||little tunny (bonita)|
|yellow fin tuna||flounder||Louisiana clams||Louisiana hakes|
|sword fish||sheep head||Louisiana stone crabs||river shrimp|
|grouper||mahi||Progys||royal red shrimp|
|amberjack||rays||rock shrimp||saltwater eels|
|tilefish||saltwater catfish||striped mullet||squid|
|wahoo||gamefish (bass, bream)||oyster drills (conchs, bigorneaux)|
|roughneck shrimp (blood shrimp)||Southern king fish (channel mullet)|
Nutrition emphasis: In the parish, area and state contests, serious emphasis will be placed on nutrition, including lowered amounts of fat and sodium as well as the nutritional aspects of all ingredients and nutritious preparation methods.
A parish winner will be selected in each of the divisions. Each will receive an award from the contest sponsor and will represent the parish in that division at the area contest to be held in the spring of 2012.
Purpose: The 4-H Ambassador Program is designed for the education and enhancement of 4-H club members.
Eligibility: Any bonafide 4-H club member is eligible. Contestants may enter only one category in the 4-H Ambassador Contest.
Division I: 4-H club members in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades.
Division II: 4-H club members in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades.
Division III: 4-H club members in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Contestants must be 15 years of age by Jan. 1, 2012, of the calendar year of the state contest.
Format: The 4-H Ambassador Program has five categories:
Divisions I & II Contestants: design a standard poster 22" x 28" relating to one of the five categories listed above; present a 2- to 3-minute explanation of the poster subject; and respond to questions from judges. No cooking or preparation of a dish is required. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No notes or outlines, other than working on the posters are to be used while giving the presentation.
Division III The Illustrated Talk should concern chicken, turkey, egg, seafood or sugar. The presentation should be 5- to 8- minutes in length. Only posters are allowed for the Illustrated Talk. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No cooking or preparation of a dish will be required for the Chicken, Turkey, Seafood or Sugar Illustrated Talk. A dish is required for the Egg Illustrated Talk. The dish may be an appetizer/salad, main dish or dessert. Use the general requirements for the egg commodity cookery contest.
All 4-H members participating in the Seafood, Sugar Egg, Chicken and Turkey Ambassador Contest must pre-register with Mrs. Tina Guillory by Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.