Competition

Do you have a passion for cooking? …or maybe you fancy yourself as a recipe developer?

As part of our food festival we have an exciting FREE to enter competition to help us to find the best of our local culinary talent!

The best entries will be shortlisted and shared on the website as well as being published in a recipe book to be sold locally with proceeds going to support community food projects. In addition to this, the overall winners from each category will receive a mini hamper of locally produced foodie treats!

..Whether you are a keen ‘pickler’ or have an enthusiasm for using your kitchen ninja skills to hide as many veggies into family meals as possible.. there’s something for everyone to get involved with.

The competition is split into 4 different themes with judging separated into different age categories for each theme… making sure that everyone can get creative and get involved!

Age categories for judging will be:
4-11
12-21
22+

Simply select the category that you’d like to enter and then submit your application via email using the application form below:

Terms & conditions: All judging for the competition will be completed before the festival event. Entry to the competition does not require a purchase of a festival ticket to be judged – all entries will b judged equally. Judges will be representative of local food businesses, community groups and growers to ensure a balanced view when selecting the shortlist and the winners for each age group within each theme.

By submitting your details to the competition you agree to us sharing your recipe, name and imagery within our website, festival event as well as any social media channels and published materials. Please be assured that in all cases your work will be credited to you and your personal data and contact details will be dealt with in accordance with current GDPR protocols.

Please contact us on hello@growgathergraze.uk if you do have any questions regarding your competition entry, want to enter a larger group of people as part of a school or community group or if you have any issues with submitting your entry.

You can enter as many times as you like across any of the themes.. We are excited to see your kitchen creativity!

Theme one: ‘From the Allotment’

Create a dish (savoury or sweet) that uses something homegrown as the hero ingredient. 

Aim to create something a little bit different, that celebrates your own food heritage as well as the home grown ingredient/s that you have chosen. This recipe can be a tried and tested family favourite or something that you have invented just for this competition.

What to submit:

  • A good quality photograph of both your homegrown ingredient/s and your creation (check out the photography guide on the entry form to help if you aren’t sure.)
  • A detailed recipe with clear attention given to amounts, timings, temperatures etc. The idea is that someone else will be able to recreate your food with this recipe.

We would also like any growing notes relating to the produce you have chosen and how it has been grown – is this your first time growing? Is this a new hobby? Do you have a large allotment plot? Is growing a family activity for you or maybe you are part of a wider community growing group?

Theme two: ‘Healthy on a Budget’

Create a sweet or savoury dish to feed a family of 4 for under £3

Your recipe should have a focus on healthy ingredients and aim to include at least 3 portions of fruit or veg per serving (these can be from a range of sources based on the NHS guidance for healthy eating)

We want you to use your own experiences to create something really yummy.. prove that eating well is possible even on a tight budget.

What to submit:

  • A good quality photograph of both your ingredient/s and your creation (check out the photography guide on the entry form to help if you aren’t sure.)
  • A detailed recipe with clear attention given to amounts, timings, temperatures etc. The idea is that someone else will be able to recreate your food with this recipe. It is important for this competition entry that you also provide a detailed breakdown of the cost of each ingredient used.

If you are able to, we would also like you to share any advice or tips that you may have for others who need to eat well on a tight budget.

Theme three: ‘Veg Packed FakeAway

Think about your favourite takeaway.. imagine if you could recreate that with all of the same flavour packed in.. but knowing that there was at least 3 portions of veggies hidden in there too?

We want you to use your kitchen ninja skills and create a healthier version of a classic takeaway. Your meal must have at least 3 portions of veggies in each serving (these can be from a range of sources based on the NHS guidance for healthy eating.)

What to submit:

  • A good quality photograph of both your ingredient/s and your creation (check out the photography guide below to help if you aren’t sure.)
  • A detailed recipe with clear attention given to amounts, timings, temperatures etc. The idea is that someone else will be able to recreate your food with this recipe. It is important for this competition entry that you think carefully about the veggies that you use. 

If you are able to, we would also like you to share any advice or tips that you may have for others who need to get more veggies into their diet.. how do you hide more veggies and good stuff into everyday meals?

Theme four: ‘Pickle & Preserve’

Throughout history one of the best ways to make the best of the harvest and make it last was to pickle and preserve.. there are so many ways to make your fresh fruits and veggies work all year around by making pickles, jams and chutneys.

We want to see your signature recipe, what are your family’s favourite ways to use an allotment glut? Do you have a special recipe that has been handed down that is a yummy fail safe way to preserve the best of the season?

What to submit:

  • A good quality photograph of both your ingredient/s and your creation (check out the photography guide on the entry form to help if you aren’t sure.)
  • A detailed recipe with clear attention given to amounts, timings, temperatures etc. The idea is that someone else will be able to recreate your food with this recipe. For this category it would also be good for you to provide serving suggestions for your recipe too.

If you are able to, we would also like you to share any advice or tips that you may have for others who are totally new to the art of pickling and preserving

Find all details of our FREE to enter competition (including the easy photography guide) on the file below:

The deadline for all competition entries is 6pm Friday 15th July

Good Luck!