Food Events - August 2011

Event Name:
Win a Picnic Hamper

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Picnic Hamper Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 August 2011


Would you like to win this picnic hamper?

The hamper is a "classic picnic hamper, complete with cutlery and plates for four. It's already filled for that first picnic, with a lavish selection of fine crackers and cheese, dips and preserves, as well as a rich date and walnut cake and a superb bottle of Viognier", so how can you resist?

Details can be found here






Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Lentils

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 August 2011

The topic for this month's No Croutons Required is Lentils. You may use any kind, just pop them into a soup or salad and send me your entries. Recipes must be vegetarian.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cook.Eat.Delicious - Desserts

Hosting Blog:
Cook.Eat.Delicious

Theme: Lemon Desserts

Event Start Date: 1st August 2011
Event Deadline: 31st August 2011

Life without Desserts is no life at all! This month Cook.Eat.Delicious! wants you to cook up your most delicious lemon dessert recipe. Any dessert goes as long as lemon is the star! The recipe voted for most delicious appeal will win “Luscious Lemon Desserts” by Lori Longbotham.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Green & Black's Chocolate Workshop

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Workshop with Green & Black's (Giveaway) (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 14 August 2011

The ultimate treat for chocolate fans, this workshop with Green and Black's chocolate will teach you everything you need to know about the history of chocolate and the process of creating it. You’ll learn how to make delicious truffles from raw ingredients and create your very own chocolate bar. You’ll be given a wide selection of ingredients and flavours to use, such as chili, popping candy, marshmallow and biscuits and you’ll also learn the art of cutting, dipping and decorating using a slab of praline, bowls of melted chocolate and plenty of decorations. You’ll then get to take your chocolate masterpieces home in ribbon-tied presentation bags, along with the recipes.

Locations-: London, Brighton (South East) Manchester (North)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Weighwatchers Biscuit & Cookie Hamper Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme:: Hamper Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1 August 2011

Summer is here, or rather, given the weather, should be here, and to help you lose a pound or two before your holidays, without missing out on some treats, Weight Watchers have a wide range of biscuits and cookies.

New to the range are fruit crumble biscuits with 2 pro points and 89 calories or less per biscuit.

Weight Watchers are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a hamper filled with their entire range of biscuits and cookies including the new fruit crumbles.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Fishy Fishy Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 8 August 2011

New Holland Publishers have given me 6 copies for Fishy Fishy Cookboook to give away to 6 lucky readers.

The Fishy Fishy brasserie is the result of a long held dream of three close friends: James Ginzler, Paul Shovlin and Loz Talent. Importantly all the fish served is local, seasonal and sustainable. The first Fishy Fishy opened in Brighton with a second restaurant in Poole. Their cookbook Fishy, Fishy has over over 90 recipes, most with a full colour photo. The book is divided in to starters, BBQ & al fresco eating, everyday fish & shellfish, special occasions and sauces, side dishes and desserts.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Food Palette Series - Black

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: A dish including black ingredients

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

No dishes with alcohol or pork ingredients

End product or ingredients used can be
black (pepper, mustard seeds, nigella seeds, onion seeds, basil seeds, poppy seeds, tea, raisins, nori seaweed, black berries, dates, etc.)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Anyone Can Cook

Hosting Blog:
Taste of Pearl City

Theme: Weekly Event to Encourage New Cooks

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

* For beginners
* With less ingredients
* With minimum amount of time spent

Your recipe doesn't have to fall under all these categories, if it falls under any one of the categories that's enough. I'll also explain about each category separately.

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Invite a Blogger to your Table

Hosting Blog:
More Than Burnt Toast

Theme: Try a recipe with a blogger friend

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: ongoing

Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to "Invite a Blogger to Your Table"! This is a fun event and an outlet for us each to challenge ourselves and create stronger bonds within the blogging community. Nothing is more intimate, or more effective at creating friendships than cooking and sharing meals together, even it is virtually. But hey, if you live in the same area as another blogger what's to stop you from gathering in your own kitchen for this challenge.

Choose a dish to prepare and invite 1(one) blogger to create that dish with you. You can source your recipe from a cookbook, magazine, blog or any other source. Your dish can be sweet or savoury; easy or complicated.

Decide upon a date that you can both mutually post your recipe within a 4 week time frame.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Gutsy Cooks

Hosting Blog:
Sweetbites
Theme: The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Victoria Blashford-Snell

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 December 2013

A weekly cook-a-long for those that want to be Gutsy! in the kitchen cooking from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Victoria Blashford-Snell.

Every week a menu is posted and Gutsy cooks choose to cook 1, 2 or all dishes posted in the menu. Then you blog about your experience every Sunday night. Come and cook along with this fun group - be Gutsy!

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Cooking with Whole Foods: Ragi/Finger Millet

Hosting Blog:
Oh Taste n See

Theme: Ragi/Finger Millet

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 August 2011

This event, part of the series 'Cooking with Whole Foods', stars ragi or finger millet. A humble grain, but extremely nutritious, finger millet is not only good for you, it tastes good too. :)

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Sugar High Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Could be you!

Theme: Would you like to host Sugar High Fridays

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: ongoing

We are looking for guest hosts for Sugar High Fridays.

What the heck is a Sugar High Friday? That's easy. It's your best excuse to make something sweet and different, at least once a month. And to do it with tons of other people from around the world. It occurs during the last week of every month, entries due on the Monday and the round-up posted on the Friday (the Sugar High Friday that is!).

If you would like to be a guest host, email Jennifer - jennifer@domesticgoddess.ca

Details can be found here





Event Name:
Of Chalk & Chopsticks

Hosting Blog:
Desi Soccer Mom

Theme: writing an interesting piece of food fiction

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 August 2011

If you enjoy reading fiction as much as cooking, this is the event for
you. Release the writer in you and pen down that funny incident that
happened in the kitchen or that party disaster everyone still
remembers. Details and rules can be found here.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Black and White Wednesday

Hosting Blog:
The Well-Seasoned Cook

Theme: Black and white photography

Event Date: Every Wednesday

Black and White Wednesday, a new culinary photo event which will run weekly and feature food-related imagery. Your photo/s need not be of actual food, but can also be the preparation, presentation, and consumption of it.

Participation couldn't be easier. You don't need a story nor a recipe nor a location. There will be no competing, curating, nor critiquing. The only requirement is that you post your black and white photo/s on any Wednesday, mentioning Black and White Wednesday and linking to this announcement

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Weight Watchers Cookies & Biscuits

Hosting Blog:
Given to Distracting Others

Theme: Hamper Giveaway (uk only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 11 August 2011

So enough of my wicked ways, I'm here to atone by teaming up with Weight Watchers to give away a luxury hamper, full to the brim with Weight Watchers delicious treats, including the full range of Cookies, Oaty Biscuits, Caramel Wafers, Chocolate Biscuits, Caramel Mallows.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Healthy Cooking Challenge: Lunchbox

Hosting Blog:
Taste Junction

Theme: Healthy lunchbox ideas

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

I thought of asking all my lovely friends - you guys, for some 'lunchbox ideas'. And I got the perfect opportunity when I saw Smita's "Healthy Cooking Challenge". She gladly gave me the pleasure of hosting this event for the month of August. And I chose the theme of "Healthy Lunchbox", not just for kids but for elders too. After all why leave the parents while enjoying something healthy.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Only Pizza Pasta & Noodles

Hosting Blog:
Samayal Arai

Theme: Pizza, Pasta & Noodles

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

Pari of Foodelicious gave me this lovely opportunity to host her Only series event and I love to sincerely thank her for this. I just decided whatever she assigns me would be fine, Surprise, surprise and it was Pasta, Pizza and Noodles, Wow, that was my first expression, how did she know that my kids love all the three!, So, that’s it, I was fine with it and here we are with the ONLY PASTA, PIZZA AND NOODLES EVENT.
I would love to see all the different kind of sauces, creations of cusines and cultures which would be a great help for me try out new dishes for the above three which I would love to try out from your kitchen to mine, as my kids love all the three Goodies.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Bloggers Marathon #3

Hosting Blog:
Samayal Arai

Theme: recipes from Paritha's Kitchen

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 August 2011

As you all know that this is a ''ONLY ORIGINAL RECIPE EVENT'' and you know what it means the recipes from Paritha's blog should be hers, the Recipes she has tried out from any other blogs are not allowed.

I do not want any recipes to be tweaked, stick to the Original recipe as much as possible. Do not try to change unless you have problems finding Ingredients.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Healthy Lunchbox Ideas - Theme: Carrots

Hosting Blog:
What's Cooking

Theme: Carrots

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

My event - Healthy Lunchbox Ideas (HLI) is in its third edition now, and this month's theme is Carrots. Carrots are a super source of beta carotene and great for eyesight, along with providing nutrition and vitamins. So, put on your thinking hats to dish out super healthy recipes using Carrots as the main ingredient.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
My Mother's kitchen # 2 : Indian Mithai Mela

Hosting Blog:
What's Cooking

Theme: Indian Sweets

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 8 August 2011

Thanks to the sellout of the first edition of MMK- My Mother's Kitchen (One Pot Meals) , I present here the 2nd edition of MMK with the theme "Indian Mithai Mela" .. With the Indian festive season around the corner, these entries would be a one-stop shop roundup soon. Indian Sweets like kheer / laddoos / barfis / jalebis / pedas /Halwas etc

Details can be found here







Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Write Food

Theme: Legumes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

For the purpose of this event, legumes include fresh or dried beans, lentils, pulses, and/or the sometimes edible pods that contain these seeds, and derivative products like tofu or besan (chickpea flour). According to Susan you can include recipes that use tamarind, fenugreek, carob, peanuts, etc. since they are among some of the other edible plants in the legume family and thus ARE included in the event.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Veggie/Fruit A Month: Peaches

Hosting Blog:
The Well-Seasoned Cook

Theme: Peaches

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

This month's theme produce is the succulent, fuzzy, and versatile peach, my favorite stone fruit, and likely among yours, too. A peach is one of nature's miraculous pleasures: sweet, tangy, perfumed, and juicy. Naturally low in calories and fat free, the fruit also offers a generous fiber content per serving, as well as other nutritional elements.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Healing Foods: Zucchini & Summer Squash

Hosting Blog:
Savoury Moments

Theme: Zucchini & Summer Squash

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

Healing Foods was created by Siri of Cooking with Siri and it is an event that showcases healthy, vegetarian recipes. A different food item is featured each month and the recipes highlight the featured food's health benefits. August features zucchini and summer squash.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Log Blog

Theme: Chocolate & Rose

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 August 2011

A monthly food challenge where the hosts Chele of Chocolate Teapot and Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog choose an ingredient to pair with chocolate.

I'm going for rose. Don't panic, whilst there are still plenty of fresh roses about, there is always good old rose water to fall back on, or rose jam or rosehip syrup or even rosehips themselves - I've seen a few ripe ones about already.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Flavours of the South

Hosting Blog:
Simply.Food

Theme: South Indian cuisine

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 August 2011

South Indian cuisine is made up from four different states of South India ; Andra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Naidu. The food is famous for its various spices and also spicy foods. Some of the chief varieties of spices produced here include cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Of course we can't forget the many varieties of Dosas ,Vadas , the Uttappam and of course the tasty Sambhars.The variety of recipes are too numerous to mention , each and every dish is a culunary delight so this visit is going to be a real treat for our palates.

The South India is equally famous for the availability of coconut, a wide variety of fishes and root tubers. The south Indian food is mainly rice, which is served with a combination of Sambhar or curry.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Create n Carve

Hosting Blog:
Dinner Recipes from Sonia's Kitchen

Theme: Carving Fruit & Vegetables

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

Using fruit or vegetable show a garnish or carving you have created. You can post instructions on how to create your garnish / carving although it is not compulsory. If you use an on line source or video to help you, please do not forget to link the source due to copyright reasons and of course to give full credit to the owner.

You can use cookie cutters, knives, fancy garnish cutters, graters any tool to help you create your piece of art. You may send entries where you have used your garnish or carving on a cooked dish, but remember the main emphasis should be to show the carving /creation.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Bookmarked Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: using bookmarked recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 August 2011

If you are anything like me, you collect recipes right left and centre and rarely get around to using them. That is what this challenge is all about, to encourage us to use some of those unused recipes.

You may post recipes you have bookmarked from magazines, tv programmes, websites or blogs..... Please credit the author of the recipe.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Daring Bakers & Daring Cooks

Hosting Blog:
The Daring Kitchen

Theme: Check website on reveal date.

Daring Bakers Reveal Date: 27th August 2011
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th August 2011

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:
Weekend Herb Blogging

Hosting Blog:
Cook ALmost Anything

Theme: Herbs, Fruit, Flowers, Plants or Vegetables

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

Hosting Blog:
Week one :Briciole (WHB#295 - August 1st to 7th)
Week two: Cafe Lynnylu (WHB#296 - August 8th - 14th)
Week three: To Be Confirmed (
WHB#297)
Week four: Cooking in Westchester (WHB#298)

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:
Presto Pasta Nights

Hosting Blog:
Week One: Once Upon A Feast (PPN #225, August 5)
Week Two: Briciole (PPN #226 August 12)
Week Three: For A Time Such As This (PPN #227 August 19)
Week Four: TBC (PPN #228 August 26)

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:
Sugar High Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Magpie's Recipes

Theme: Rice

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 22 August 2011

This month’s theme is Rice. As sweet is the nature of SHF, you can make any dessert you like as long as it features rice in any form as one of the main ingredients: Flattened, toasted, puffed, steamed, cooked, rice flour, rice cake, rice cereal, rice milk..rice in anyway is nice, but just make sure its sweet! :)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Random Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Belleau Kitchen

Theme: Choose a random recipe from a random cookbook from your bookshelf

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 27 August 2011

So this month, because I'm going back to basics with my new kitchen, plus I had many comments from new and old followers alike saying that you had no time last month and you'd love to take part this month, so I thought we'd all go back to the beginning of the challenge and go with the original classic challenge...

... line up ALL your cookbooks

... give them a shuffle

... close your eyes and pick one book randomly

... close your eyes again and open the book at a random page

... cook that exact dish

... DO NOT CHEAT (you're only cheating yourself etc.. blah blah blah)

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Kitchen Reader

Hosting Blog:
The Kitchen Reader

Theme: Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: Last week in August

We are a group of bloggers from all across the globe who enjoy cooking and reading about food. It has been running since August 2009.

Books were initially chosen by polling members until March 2010. Starting in April 2010, individual members began choosing what books we read based on when they joined the group.

Join Us!

Details can be found here






Event Name:
House Favorites - Vegan

Hosting Blog:
Chez Cayenne

Theme: Vegan Family Favorite Dishes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 August 2011

As food bloggers, sometimes we get so caught up in trying new things that we forget about the dishes that we make all the time. These are the recipes we make repeatedly for house guests and potlucks. The ones our families won't let us skip on the holidays. Our beloved signature dishes. Our house favorites.

What are your house favorites? This is a monthly blog event where you can show them off.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Forever Nigella

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Nigella recipes suitable for a picnic

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 August 2011

I am hugely excited to be hosting this month’s Forever Nigella for my dear friend Sarah at Maison Cupcake. Started in January of this year it has become a hugely popular event attracting entries from all over the world.

This month the theme is picnic pleasures, suitable dishes would be ones that can be packed up, travel well, can be eaten with fingers, or just a fork.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Olivado Getaway Including Meals

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Vacation Giveaway (Canada only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 September 2011

Olivado has a getaway for within Canada, if you like to win a romantic weekend getaway for 2 at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel enter the contest before September 15, 2011. Everything included from flights, car service door to door, hotel and dining.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
£30k Scholarship to Le Cordon Bleau Cookery School

Hosting Website:
Le Cordon Bleau

Theme: Scholarship plus accomodation for 16-19 year olds.

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 24 October 2011

For the first time in its 115 year history, world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu, is offering the Le Grand DiplĂ´me UK Scholarship Award from its new international flagship school of culinary arts and UK headquarters at Bloomsbury Square in the heart of London. Starting in 2012, one passionate 16 to 19 year old student will be awarded a life-changing opportunity worth more than £30,000.

Details can be found here








to be continued ........

Check back for lots more competitions, giveaways and challenges. I always have more to add as the month progresses.