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



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If you missed our event you can still enjoy the memories...

We had a great turnout for this event!

Food Fiesta crowd


Competitors in Cupcake Wars hard at work...

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Some pretty amazing cupcakes!!

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Table Setting was back this year!

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Some of the award winners at the ceremony...

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Plus, you can download the Food Fiesta 2023 Tropical Delights Cookbook (pdf file) and see which treats are your favorite!

2023 Food Fiesta Tropical Delight-Cookbook

And be sure to join us next year. We'll leave these files here in case you want to think about your entry for next year!


Read the  Food Fiesta Guidebook 2023

Entry Categories & Evaluation Forms to help you prepare
1. Cupcake Wars
2. Food Presentation
3. Food Preservation
4. Table Setting
5. How-to Food Video
     For Sample How-to Videos use this LINK
Who is eligible to enter?
All 4-H members are welcome, especially those enrolled in Baking, Cooking, Cake Decorating, Breads, and Food Preservation Projects.
NOTE: 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. 
Got questions? email Sandy Jacobs at 

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

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