Registration open for youth food competition in Grand Island

May 6, 2016

Lincoln, Neb. — 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 will be at 1 p.m. June 3 at the exhibit, South Locust Street and State Fair Boulevard in Grand Island.

Raising Nebraska
Youth participate in the 2015 Nebraska Mystery Foods Event at the Raising Nebraska exhibit in Grand Island. (Courtesy photos/Raising Nebraska)

The event will allow youth to take staple ingredients and create a dish highlighting Nebraska-grown foods. Once the dish is prepared, each team of two to four 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 on 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 age divisions: 10-14 and 15-18. There is a limit of 10 teams per division. For complete rules and to download an entry form, visit

For more information, contact Janning at 308-385-3967 or

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

Elizabeth Janning
Science and Agriculture in Action Educator
Nebraska Extension