Orange County 4-H
Orange County 4-H
Orange County 4-H
University of California
Orange County 4-H

Food Fiesta

What is Food Fiesta?

Food Fiesta is a competition where participants are individually judged against a standard. This means that everyone has the potential to receive a blue ribbon if they do an outstanding job and receive high points from the judges.

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Feedback is given to encourage growth and thus members who have participated in prior Food Fiestas will likely see improvement in their scores each time they participate. There is no best of show in Food Fiesta. Food Fiesta is a positive event where camaraderie and mutual support between participants is encouraged. 

The development of essential life skills is an important characteristic of 4-H programming. In Food Fiesta, participants develop their interviewing skills. Although job interviewing may be far in their future, 4-H members may have interviews as youth when applying to be babysitters, assistants in religious schools, camp counselors in training, community volunteers, for leadership roles, etc.


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Past participants in Food Fiesta have expressed that they have improved in their presentation skills and have become more confident in small group speaking.  So come to Food Fiesta to present your food, and know that it isn’t just cooking skills that are being cultivated!


Tiny Cupcake Wars




Please Note: Food Fiesta 2022 is postponed

Watch here for more details!

Virtual Food Fiesta 2021 was February 13th, 2021

Theme: Candyland
Everyone brought their sweet tooth to this event! Candy was used in creative ways! Categories included recipes with candy and candy-making! And, of course, Cupcake Wars, featured sweet ways to highlight our Candyland theme!


 VIEW A SLIDESHOW  of the results

Thanks to our participants and judges and our amazing chairperson Sandy Jacobs for making this event a great success!

This event was virtual with three parts:

  • Food video entries were submitted in advance for evaluation with appointments scheduled for each entrant to answer questions with evaluators
  • Cupcake Wars was a live virtual competition
  • A Virtual Awards Ceremony followed the live event
Week of Feb 7
  • Food video entrants were scheduled to meet with evaluators. Evaluation appointments were emailed to entrants as video entries were received.
Live Virtual Cupcake Wars & Awards Ceremony         
Saturday, February 13th

Event Schedule

Event Start: 10am

First round of Cupcake wars: 10:10am

Second Round of Cupcake Wars: 11:10am

Awards Slideshow: 12:30pm


2021 Food Fiesta Info

Fees: $5.25 per entry

Who is eligible to enter?
All 4-H members are welcome, especially those enrolled in Foods/Nutrition, Cake Decorating, Breads, and Food Preservation. Being in a 4-H food-related project is not necessary to participate.
Primary members (ages 5-8) are welcome to participate and will be provided with positive reinforcement from judges as encouragement to return for competition in future Food Fiesta events. 


Read the Guidelines for Food Fiesta 2021

View a sample video:

2021 Candyland Video Evaluation Form

2021 Candyland Cupcake Wars Evaluation Form

It is the policy of the University of California (UC) and the UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to UCANR, Affirmative Action Compliance & Title IX Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1397.

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