Food Events - August 2010

Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Carrots

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20th August 2010

A new month is dawning and it is time for a new No Croutons Required challenge. I was surprised to see that we had not honoured the humble carrot. So without further ado, I announce this month's challenge.

Pay homage to the trusty carrot and make us a tasty vegetarian soup or salad.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Presto Pasta Nights

Hosting Blog:
Week one : Once Upon A Feast (6 August roundup)
Week two : Siri's Corner (13 August roundup)
Week three: Thyme For Cooking (20 August roundup)
Week four : Very Culinary (27 August roundup)


Theme: Pasta

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Thursday for inclusion on the Friday roundup

Every week food bloggers around the world photograph and write about their latest pasta creation… if it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner; served hot or cold; spicy or sweet; from appetizers to mains to desserts, you’ll find it in the roundup published every Friday with links and photos to all the posts.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Blogger Secret Ingredient

Hosting Blog:
Hema's Blog (deadline - 1 August 2010) Theme: Onions
Debbie Does Dinner (deadline - 8 August 2010) Theme: Ground Turkey
Recipe Rhapsody (deadline - 15 August 2010) Theme: Flour
The Southern Cookbook (deadline - 22 August 2010) Theme: Butter
Chilli & Chocolate (deadline - 29 August 2010) Theme: Pistachio

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Sunday before 5pm Central Time

This week's secret ingredient is Pistachio.

The rules go something like this:

* The host picks an ingredient, preferable one that is in season, readily available, and not too expensive
* The host links back to all other previous weekly hosts
* Participants create a unique recipe using the BSI and email (or you can comment with a link) the host their recipes.
* You do not need to have a food blog to participate, and you do not have to submit a photograph
* If you do not have a blog, you can email the host directly and it will be posted on my blog
* The host reviews recipes Sunday evening of each week and picks a favorite (Sunday, June 6th at 5PM Central Time)
* The winner is posted Monday morning and recieves a price of the host’s choice







Event Name:
Weekend Herb Blogging

Hosting Blog:
Week one :Cafe Lynnlu (WHB#245 - August 2nd to August 8th)
Week Two : Eat This (WHB#246 - August 9th to August 15th)
Week three : Palachinka (WHB#247 - August 16th to August 22nd)
Week four : Paulchen's Foodblog (WHB#248 - August 23rd to August 29th)

Theme: Herbs & Vegetables

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

Each week food bloggers around the world post recipes about cooking with herbs and unusal vegetables or interesting ways to use vegetables, and on the weekend, we publish a Recap with links to all the posts.

Details can be found here.






Event Name:
Pay It Forward Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Giveaway

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1pm 2nd August 2010

If you would like to take part in this Pay It Forward Giveaway, leave a comment after this post. I'll randomly select a winner using my wee independent adjudicator on the 2nd of August 2010 and post the winner on the 3rd of August 2010. I am happy to post my Scottish goodies anywhere worldwide. (Remember, by entering this contest you're agreeing to post about your parcel and hold a giveaway of your own to award a box of local treats to someone else.)

Good luck everyone and no you can't have the baby. He just chooses the winner and is not the prize!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen Bake-Off

Hosting Blog:
Versiatle Vegetarian Kitchen

Theme: Baking

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Thurdsday before 5pm

Bake anything vegetarian (eggs are allowed). You can do part of cooking in microwave or stove top. But, the finished product should come out and be ready to serve from the oven. It can be a casserole, cookie, scone, cake, quick bread, muffin, yeast bread, cake, tart, pie, quiche or anything that is baked.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
My Kitchen, My World

Hosting Blog:My Kitchen, My World

Theme: Canada

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2010

My Kitchen, My World was started to document the journey of experiencing other cultures through food. On the 1st of each month, a country will be selected, and we adventurous types will have a month to find a recipe for a dinner that takes us there for a fraction of the plane fare! Ever wanted to make Paella? Gnocchi? Stir Fry or Jamaican Jerk? Well, here's your chance. Make a meal that takes you places. What could be better than that?

Details can be found here





Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Briciole

Theme: Legumes

My Legume Love Affair, the long-running and popular monthly event, features recipes that promote the diversity and deliciousness of produce from the legume family of plants: beans, pods, and other ingredient derivatives such as tofu and bean flours. All courses and cuisines are welcome, and all participants are eligible to win carefully selected prizes by random drawing every month. Check with the monthly host for full details.

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31st August 2010

Details can be found here.






Event Name:
Food For Thought

Hosting Blog:
Food For Thought

Theme: Food from books

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 14 August 2010 & 28 August 2010

# Read a book of your choosing
# Look for a food vignette while reading, and I mean that quite literally!
# Play in the kitchen
# Take pics!
# Share your post on Food For Thought, every other saturday, just click and look for mr linky
# Do as many posts as you have books!

Details can be found here.






Event Name:
Priya's Veggie/Fruit A Month Event

Hosting Blog:
Taste of Pearl City

Theme: Cherries

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2010

Every month, we will feature a veggie or a fruit and share delicious recipes made out of our star ingredients. We will try to pick the veggie/fruit that is in season so that everyone can buy and cook it easily. Fruits and veggies will be selected in alternate months.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Blog Bites

Hosting Blog:
One Hot Stove

Theme: Potluck

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 August 2010

Look through your favorite blogs and try out recipes that fit the theme Potluck. The recipe has to come from another blog. This is the whole premise of the Blog Bites event, so please turn to other blogs for inspiration.

In true potluck style, the round-up will contain a mish-mash of dishes, cuisines and flavors, and there will be something for everyone.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
A.W.E.D.

Hosting Blog:
The Taste Space

Theme: Turkey

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2010

What is A.W.E.D ? Do I mean awed – to be inspired by the sheer beauty of what you see? Or do I mean it as an acronym for “A Worldly Epicurean’s Delight” ? Well its both. The fact that cultures beyond one’s boundaries and their habits concentrating esp with the universal factor Food is mind boggling enough to be AWED by every epicurean.

Prepare any vegetarian recipe from Turkish Cuisine (no fish, seafood or any of kind of meat allowed).

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cold Desserts Event

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Cold Desserts

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 August 2010

I am excited to announce an event for the Summer between July 20 to August 20. Cold Summer desserts. The roundup will be before Summer ends so we all get a chance to try the recipes. I have been making lots of cold desserts this Summer and probably you have too. Why not join in.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Taste & Create XXXIV

Hosting Blog: Taste & Create

Theme: Desserts

Sign Up Start Date: now
Sign Up Deadline: 8 August 2010

Event Start Date: when you recieve your partner
Event Deadline: 24 August 2010

Taste&Create’s whole purpose is to create a community of bloggers who test each others’ recipes and share links. It has also been to help new and not so well known bloggers get their foot in the door of the foodie community.

Everyone is paired with a partner and each person makes a dish of their choosing from their partner and blogs about it. Then, posts a picture and short description on the Taste&Create website.

Because this will be our 3-year anniversary at Taste&Create, we are doing something slightly different. Instead of blogging about any recipe from your partner, please blog about a dessert recipe from your partner's blog.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
The Daring Bakers
The Daring Cooks

Hosting Blog:
The Daring Kitchen

Theme: Check website on reveal date.

Daring Bakers Reveal Date: 27th August 2010
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th August 2010

The Daring Kitchen is the home of The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks. The premise of both groups is to create one recipe each month, given to us by a monthly host. We all create the same exact recipe and then post about it on our personal blogs on a designated date.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Iftar Moments: Hijri 1431

Hosting Blog:
Taste Of Pearl City

Theme: 30 day menu for Iftar during Ramadhan

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 August 2010

The event is about creating a 30 day menu for Iftar during Ramadhan. Entries can be anything from starter, maincourse, dessert, juices and smoothies etc... You can send as many entries as possible. Since the criteria of this event is very simple almost all the recipes which you post will be suitable for this event and I will be having a prize draw at the end.

Ramadhan is the month, where muslims fast from dawn to dusk without food or water. This fast is obligatory on all adult muslims - men & women - unless exempted. Hijri is the Islamic calender which starts commemorating the year when Prophet Muhammed(SAW) immigrated from Mecca to Medina with his companions. Iftar is the event where muslims break the fast at the end of the fasting day at dusk.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
The Italian Challenge

Hosting Blog:
More Than Burnt Toast

Theme: Italian Dish

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 13th August 2010

If you have been following More Than Burnt Toast you will know that I have been creating personal challenges based on a theme to infuse new life into my own cooking adventures.

My next personal challenge will see me create an Italian menu from "antipasti to dolce" to celebrate the opening of Eat, Pray, Love, the movie starring Julia Roberts. The movie opens August 13th. Won't you join me in this challenge?

If you would like to join me simply prepare an Italian dish from antipasti, primo, secondo, contorno to dolce

Details can be found here







Event Name:
American Spoon Summer Gift Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Moveable Feasts

Theme: Giveaway

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 24 August 2010

This is a perfect way to celebrate the end of summer....with a gift assortment of the fabulous fruits of the Michigan summer to cheer you with warm memories through the long winter ahead!
Flavors include: Early Glow Strawberry Preserves, Red Haven Peach Preserves, Blueberry-Lime Preserves, Leelanau Apricot Preserves, Sour Cherry Preserves, Bartlett Pear Preserves, Neva Betta Whole Wheat Crackers and Neva Betta Original Crackers.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Breakfast Club

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Muffins

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6pm (UK time) 5th September 2010

We love breakfast and want everyone to enjoy better and more interesting breakfasts.

Each month one of us will choose a theme and then post the round up on the last Sunday of the month.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Flavours of Gujarat

Hosting Blog:
Simply Food

Theme: Gujarati Cuisine

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 September 2010

Gujarati cuisine refers to the cuisine of the Gujarat; this being predominant in western-India. It is mainly vegetarian. Cuisine can vary widely in flavour and heat, depending on the region of Gujarat they are from. North Gujarat, Kathiawad, Kachchh, and South Gujarat are the four major regions of Gujarat that all bring their own style to Gujarati food. Many Gujarati dishes are distinctively sweet, salty, and spicy at the same time. Some regions in gujarat omit garlic and onions from their cooking too.To get more information on dishes of Gujarat please click here

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Color Your Palate - A Visual Treat

Hosting Blog:
Creative Sanyukta

Theme: Color, Presentation, Food Art,Garnishing...Coloring ur palate...

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30th September 2010

When a plate of food is put in front of me the first thing I always do is look at it. A well designed plate leads to a delicious meal! Then the nose plays its role and smells the food and then tongue plays its role to taste the flavors and then you have a satisfying belly with a happy burp.

So Dear Friends, try to make food creative your own way with your fascinating and innovative ideas, so that we can enjoy the visual treat. Wake up the artist in you .

Details can be found here






Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Teapot


Theme: Raspberries

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 September 2010

Welcome to We Should Cocoa – a chocolate challenge. This is a monthly cooking event for food bloggers based on …. you guessed it ….. chocolate! Over the last few months, the idea has been slowly brewing in the heads of myself (Choclette)and Chele of Chocolate Teapot fame and has now come to fruition.

The idea is to make something with chocolate each month. You can use any sort of chocolate or cocoa substance and use any ingredient that you like. But you must include the special ingredient or ingredients selected by the host. It can be sweet or savoury, simple or complicated; be as creative as you like. You can use anyone’s recipe (acknowledging the source of course) or make up your own.

Chele and I will take it in turns to host the challenge and select the special ingredient.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Does My Blog Look Good in This (DMBLGiT)

Hosting Blog:
Cook Sister

Theme: Photography

Event Start Date: Now
Event Deadline: 25 August 2010

Does My Blog Look Good In This (DMBLGIT) is a monthly food photography event, called by some as "the grandest foodporn event available" on the web. It is open to all bloggers who have posted a photograph with a food or drink connection. Each monthly round is hosted by a different blogger. Food bloggers submit their best photos from posts they completed during the previous month which are then judged and scored. Winners are made covering three categories (edibility, aesthetics, and originality) plus three overall winners.

Each month, a new contest starts, hosted on a different food blogger's site.

Details can be found here and here







Event Name:
Global Kadai

Hosting Blog:
Desi Soccer Mom

Theme: Indianiz Tofu

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1 September 2010

Conceived by Cilantro, Gloal Kadai attempts to Indiainize international cuisine, one dish/ ingredient at a time. So put on your thinking caps and come up with a Indian recipe using tofu. It can be savory, sweet, appetizer or a main dish. Use it in flatbreads, throw it in curries instead of paneer. The possiblities are endless.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Of Chalks & Chopsticks

Hosting Blog:
Desi Soccer Mom

Theme: food inspired fiction

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5 September 2010

Aqua's brainchild is turning four at Desi Soccer Mom's blog. If you have a writer hidden beneath the cook in you, pick up your pen and write a piece of fiction with plenty of food thrown in. Please be original and use cogent, grammatically correct sentences. Need help with your rough draft, contact any of the four hosts and they will be happy to lend you a hand.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
SOS (Sweet or Savory) Kitchen Challenge

Hosting Blog: Diet, Dessert & Dogs

Theme: Mint

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2010

Yes, the SOS Kitchen Challenge is back! Kim and I challenge you all to create either sweet or savory dishes (or both, if you’re really adventurous–though of course, that’s not required) to submit to the event!

Of course, mint is great for those times when you need a respite from the crazy-making work, boss, kids, traffic, neighbors, dogs, baby, etc. And aside from its incredible health-promoting qualities (it’s a great tonic for indigestion, nausea, headache or even congestion; it has antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities; and it’s actually an excellent source of vitamins A and C), mint just plain tastes great

Details can be found here









Event Name:
Novel Food

Hosting Blog:
Briciole &
Champaign Taste

Theme:food inspired by books

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 September 2010

If you like to read and you like to cook, this event is perfectly tailored for you. Lisa and Simona are looking forward to learning about a published literary work (a novel, novella, short story, memoir, bio, poem) that provided you with culinary inspiration.

This is a fun event: you read, you cook, you write, and at the end you also get a nice reading list, which can be easily turned into a plan for enriching your library

Details can be found here and here.








Event Name:
Herbal Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Giveaway (Canada & US only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5 September 2010

I am excited to announce that I am hosting another giveaway. Kroeger Herb Company recently treated me to some of their herbal products, and now my readers have a chance to win their choice of two of these products by commenting on this post — and an additional chance to win if they subscribe to Kroeger's newsletter. Just leave a comment for a chance to win any two of the Evening Primrose Oil, Healthy Gut, Milk Thistle or Liver Formula products made by Kroeger Herbs.

Please note this giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US only.

Details can be found here









Event Name:
A Taste of .....Holidays

Hosting Blog:
Sweet Artichoke

Theme: Holidays

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 September 2010

Eating food you enjoyed on a much loved holiday can bring back some wonderful memories. Think back to some of your favourite holidays and get cooking. Make sure your dish is suitable for vegetarians and remember to tell us a bit about the holiday that inspired your dish. You could even add a holiday snapshot.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
DK Cooking Club

Hosting Blog:
DK Cooking Club

Theme: Squash Family

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1 November 2010

At Dorling Kindersley, we love discovering new recipes, so every few months we'll be inviting DK Cooking Club members to send us their culinary creations. If you choose to send us a recipe, we'll post it for others to share and enjoy.

Plus, everyone who submits a recipe will be entered into a draw to win amazing prizes!

And if all that wasn't enough, the experts from DK will be scouring your recipes and selecting the best to publish in upcoming DK cookbooks.

This month's recipe category: The Squash Family

Think pumpkin, courgette, butternut squash. There are many wonderful vegetables to choose from, so start sending us your amazing and original autumnal recipes using at least one vegetable from the Squash family.

Details can be found here













to be continued ........


Check back for lots more competitions, giveaways and challenges. I have more to add.

Be sure to return as the month goes on, as events are added continually.