Food Events - October 2011

Event Name:
Eat Your Books Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Free lifetime membership to Eat Your Books

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 13 November 2011

Eat Your Books is a search engine for your cookbooks. You add all the cookbooks you have to your bookshelf and any of the foodie magazines that they cover. They all appear on your bookshelf with a nice wee photo of the cookbook cover. Anytime you want to find a recipe, just enter the ingredient in the search box and a list of recipes will appear. Each will list the cookbook the recipe is from, along with a list of the main ingredients, a review (if there is one) & a star rating (if there is one). A great database.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Rudi's Organic Bakery Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Giveaway (Canada and US only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6 November 2011

Rudi's Organic Bakery was founded 35 years ago, for nearly 20 years the company has been using organic ingredients for their breads and baked goods. In the October issue of Vegetarian Times, Rudi's Rocky Mountain Sourdough bread was voted one of the top foods for vegetarians and non-vegetarians; you are sure to enjoy their offerings.

The prize is a free voucher from Rudi's Bakery and a lunch box.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Soldier Egg Cup & Toast Cutter Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Little Tums

Theme: Giveaway (worldwide)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 October 2011

You can’t beat the old classic boiled egg and soldiers! There’s just something about dipping that toasted bread into a nice, runny egg that makes it a breakfast favourite.

If you’re a bit too old now to be asking your mum to cut your toast into soldiers, then The Soldier Egg Cup and Toast Cutter will be the ideal accessory for you. You can make your breakfast ‘eggstra’ special and it will certainly put the fun back in to your meal time.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Serve it Festival Potluck

Hosting Blog:
Oh Taste n See

Theme: Festival Potluck

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 October 2011

Thanks to an overwhelming response to the ‘Serve it’ Series started by me and Krithi of Krithi’s kitchen - we now have 3 different collections of recipes by cooking technique. We have a total of 278 recipes linked by foodies – bloggers and non bloggers alike. And what more do we need to celbrate! Add to this that this month is so festive – right from Navrathri to Diwali, most of our days this month, we are to spend creating dishes to celebrate and share with family and friends. That is exactly what the theme of the month is. Yep, this month is a ‘Festival Potluck’. Choose any dish – as long as the dish is made to celebrate – you are in!


Details can be found here








Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Soups or salads including squash (any kind) must be veggie

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 October 2011

Hey folks, it is now October, so Autumn has reached bonnie Scotland (even though I am cheating by enjoying some hot weather in Cyprus), so I though that squashes would make a good ingredient for soups or salads. Hope you get your thinking caps (or witches hats, it is October after all) on and come up with something delicious. Remember your soup or salad has to be suitable for vegetarians, but apart from that, well just go crazy.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Bookmarked Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: using bookmarked recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 October 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:
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:
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:
Daring Bakers & Daring Cooks

Hosting Blog:
The Daring Kitchen

Theme: Check website on reveal date.

Daring Bakers Reveal Date: 27th October 2011
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th October 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:
£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






Event Name:
Box Appetit Lunch Box Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 04 October 2011

I was in Lakeland recently and looking at lunch boxes. I seriously considered buying this lunch box, but I thought it was a bit pricey. Roll on a few days and Find Me A Gift, get in touch and ask if I would like one to review. How psychic are they? Spooky! The good news is that they sell the same lunchbox £4 cheaper (they have great prices and deliver next day) and the great news is that I have one to give to one lucky reader.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Food Palette Series Final - Rainbow

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Rainbow Coloured Food

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 October 2011

Many of you had eagerly asked me for the next colour, which has always put an exciting smile :) Along the way I have learned many things from all of you and hope you did as well.
Do check out these previous colours, you will be surprised on the collection and how everyone went out of their way to try some unique innovative dishes.

Glad I kept going with this event :) To end the event we will celebrate with a rainbow of colours and include the colours blue, red, orange, yellow, green, indigo and violet :)

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Presto Pasta Nights

Hosting Blog:
Week One: Once Upon A Feast (PPN #234 October 7)
Week Two: From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours (PPN#235 October 14)
Week Three: The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honey Bunch (PPN #236 October 21)
Week Four: Food Hunters Guide (PPN#237 October 28)

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:
Vegan Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Given to Distracting Others

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 9 October 2011

Whether you are a fully fledged vegan or a beginner just dipping your toes into the water, this collection of vegan recipes will introduce you to a whole new world of exciting dishes based on fruit and vegetables, pulses and grains, nuts and seeds, pungent herbs and warm aromatic spices – prepare to be DAZZLED!

Need 2 Know Books have offered five of you a chance to own a copy.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cake of the Week

Hosting Blog:
Casa Costello

Theme: Cake

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every week (use the linky)

Calling all cake fanatics and baking lovelies! How do you fancy showing off your creations each week?

I post each Sunday evening my Cake of the Week and invite you to do the same.
Add your blog post link to the linky underneath my Cake of the Week post and lets admire each other’s creations.

You do not need to be a professional cake decorator – it doesn’t even have to be a decorated cake – just one that you have posted about that week.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
F for Fruit Curries

Hosting Blog:
Ambrosia

Theme: Fruit Curries

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 October 2011

We all know that including fruits in our diet is the surest way to a healthy body. So why not use fruits in meals and curries? So readers, I am looking forward to your mouth-watering recipes with fruits!

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Win Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Birmingham

Hosting Blog:
Simply Food

Theme: Ticket Giveaway

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 18 November 2011

BBC Good Food Show Winter
23 – 27 November NEC, Birmingham

The BBC Good Food Show Winter is 21 this year and to celebrate simply.food has teamed up with the organisers to offer 3 lucky winners the chance to win 1 pair of general admission tickets each.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Show Me Your Aprons

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Blog Event

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: End October 2011

I have a collection of 10 aprons and would love to see yours! Grab your camera and slip your aprons on!
Details can be found here







Event Name:
100th Post Multiple Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Lavender and Lovage

Theme: Giveaway (Worldwide)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 1 October 2011

To celebrate my 100th post I am hosting a HUGE Giveaway Party! A BIG thanks to all of you who have made my early days of blogging so enjoyable and for following me.....I have enjoyed my first 100 posts and plan on posting many more; meeting new people and reading about them and their recipes, traditions and family lives has been inspirational and I feel I have made some lifelong friends already.

I have THREE prizes up for grabs, a choice of one food hamper from Lakeland and two books.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Eat Vegan on $4 a Day Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Giveaway (Canada & US only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 October 2011

I recently received a complimentary copy of Ellen Jaffe Jones' Eat Vegan on $4 a Day per person. As food prices rise, it is the time to get smart and be a budget conscious shopper. Obviously the first step is to avoid processed foods, as well as packaged and canned foods as much as possible. It is also important to eat a variety of legumes, whole grains, vegetables and fruit. So many tips for saving money and your health are provided in this cookbook.

I am pleased to offer my Canadian and US readers a chance to win a copy of this budget-conscious book.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Win a Luxury Italian Cooking Kit

Hosting Blog:
A Glug of Oil

Theme: Giveaway (UK only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 14 October 2011

One lucky reader of A Glug of Oil will WIN an Ultimate Italian Cooking Kit courtesy of Galbani® worth over £350!!
Containing an Italian fresh pasta maker, Alessi Spaghetti Tongs and a whole host of Harvey Nichols food goodies.
Plus six month’s supply of Galbani® Dolcelatte® and another six month’s worth of Galbani® Mozzarella cheese - delizioso!

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 :Healthy Green Kitchen (WHB#303 - September 26th to October 2nd)
Week two: Mele Cotte (WHB#304 - October 3rd to October 9th)
Week three: CindyStar (WHB#305 - October 10th to October 16th )
Week four: The Well Seasoned Cook(WHB#306 - October 17th to October 23rd)
Week five: Cafe Lynnylu (WHB#307 - October 24th to October 30th)
Week six: Cook (almost) Anything (WHB#308 - October 31st to November 6th *WHB turns 6!*)

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:
House Favorites - Vegan

Hosting Blog:
Chez Cayenne

Theme:Favorite Vegan Dishes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 October 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. It will run from the first day of the month to the last.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate log Blog

Theme: Chocolate and Chilli

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 October 2011

Now the nights are drawing in and the chilly season will soon be upon us. What better way to fire up our sluggish post party metabolisms than with chilli. It is, after all, the chilli season. I know some of you love chocolate and chilli and I know some of you have never tried the combination, so now is the time to really let your imaginations run wild. Something savoury, something sweet? You decide.

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Random Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Belleau Kitchen

Theme: Randon Recipe Chalenge

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 October 2011

I'll show you mine if ... you show me yours!

It's a tough one this month but it really is harder and harder each month to come up with crafty ways to make sure you're all playing to the rules. This time we all have to pick a random recipe for each other...!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
My Legume Love Affair

Hosting Blog:
Veggie Platter

Theme: Legumes (vegetarian or vegan only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 October 2011

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 all come under "legumes". Even tamarind, fenugreek, carob, peanuts, etc. are among some of the other edible plants in the legume family which are included in this event. MLLA is really about legumes of any sort as the main draw. In short, I accept an entry as long as the recipe showcases the legume primarily but not as an auxiliary ingredient.

Details can be found here.







Event Name:
Cook Eat Delicious (Desserts) - Strawberries

Hosting Blog:
Sizzling Tastebuds

Theme: Strawberries

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 October 2011

Imagine life with desserts, add to that one of the best loved berries - Strawberry, and you have a winner there . So whip up those yummy desserts - strawberry cheesecake, souffles etc. Furthermore, if you feel that your entry also qualifies to my ongoing event - Global Food Fest, don't forget to link up ;)
So, rush your entries, and grab a chance to win a giveaway :-)

Details can be found here









Event Name:
Online Bake Sale

Hosting Blog:
Foodness Gracious

Theme: Online Bake Sale for child with Type 1 Diabetes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 10 October 2011

My six-year-old daughter has had Type 1 Diabetes since she was three. Our main goal is to raise as much money as we can for Team Miranda and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, with the expectation of finding a cure for Miranda and all of the other people with T1D.

I would like to host an on-line bake sale and am asking my blogger friends, foodies and non foodies to volunteer to put up one of your special recipes for auction. I realize life for everyone is very busy nowadays, myself included, but it could be a simple baked good or even a piece of baking equipment, if baking is not your best talent. If you are interested in taking part in this event I would need you to do the following:

* Send me a recipe with a picture (we eat with our eyes) and a link to your blog - after all, you deserve the extra traffic I hope to generate. I will display all of the goodies in a new post just before the auction goes live.
* Commit to baking the product within 3-5 days of the winning bid being paid into our team's fundraising page, I will notify you when that happens.
* Ship the goodies to the winning bidder - you can choose to ship only in the U.S or Canada or even internationally.

After the auction is over, I will do a follow-up blog post highlighting all of the blogs which took part and making sure everyone gets the credit they deserve.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Hallowe'en Fiesta

Hosting Blog:
Zesty Palette

Theme: Hallowe'en

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 5 November 2011

It is October already and pretty soon it is going to be all about pumpkins. So, why not an event to celebrate the same? This event is not limited to just food, it is about anything you see fit for Halloween. You can send in carved pumpkins, spooky desserts, Halloween celebration pictures, costume pictures and so on. You get the idea right? I am excited to see what my fellow bloggers and non bloggers are going to come up with for this event.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Novel Food #14

Hosting Blog:
Briciole

Theme: Fiction inspired food

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 13 November 2011

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

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 (physical or electronic).

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Simply Suppers Cookbook Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
The Well Seasoned Cook

Theme: Cookbook Giveaway (worldwide)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 October 2011

With over 100 recipes featuring soups, sides, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts, Simply Suppers includes meals for vegetarians, meat eaters, and vegans, many of which are highly adaptable to cater to your particular dietary preferences.

I am happy to be able to offer two copies of "Simply Suppers," which I requested from the publisher for the purpose of giveaways. Two random drawings will be conducted: one for domestic readers, and one for international readers. These drawings are open to everyone, whether they blog or not.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Total Greek Yoghurt Scary Stories & Wacky Recipes Competition

Hosting Blog:
Total Greek Yoghurt (facebook page)

Theme: Hallowe'en Scary Stories & Wacky Recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 11 November 2011 (winners chosen each week)

TOTAL Greek Yoghurt loves this time of year: when the ghouls and ghosts come a-knocking and the air is filled with the smell of bonfires and fireworks. In fact we love it so much that we’re running a special competion!

We want your scariest stories or wackiest recipes. The best weekly submission will win a special Halloween themed food and drink goodie bag. Yum! All you need to do is head over to our Total Greek Yoghurt Facebook Page and upload your wacky recipe or scary story and post your accompanying picture to our Facebook wall.

Your scary stories can be rooted in fiction or in spooky real life experiences. In previous weeks we have received recipes suggestions such as “witches eyeballs” and “chocolate chip pumpkin muffins”. It’s totally up to you – but the wackier the better!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
I Love Peas

Hosting Blog:
Eat Right! Live Happy

Theme: Healthy Pea Recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 30 October 2011

We all know that peas are one of the most nutritious vegetable, very rich in minerals, phyto-nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
So, dear friends, lets cook peas today and get the most exceptionally strong nutrients .

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Forever Nigella

Hosting Blog:
Halloween Horrors

Theme: Nigella Recipes with a Halloween Theme

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 01 November 2011

So this month you have “sort of” free rein to create any Nigella dish you like. I say “sort of” because the caveat is that you must adapt it in some way to make it suitable for Hallowe’en. I don’t want just any old Nigella favourite, beautiful as that may be, I want proper Hallowe’en influenced goodies (and baddies). There MUST be a Hallowe’en twist of some kind – though I’ll accept cryptic ones if they’re convincing. Standard pumpkin and squash recipes are permitted without plastic skeletons required.

Scary pea soup with cobweb cream? “Eyeballs” in trifle? Cupcakes covered in “blood”?

Go ahead, use your imaginations – we want a line up of Nigella recipes that look really frightening (in a good way please)


Details can be found here








Event Name:
Teatime Treats

Hosting Blog:
Lavender & Lovage

Theme: Ginger and Bonfire Treats

Event Start Date: 1 November 2011
Event Deadline: 28 November 2011

Tea Time Treats is a monthly blogging event that showcases treats from our favourite meal of the day: teatime! Hosted alternate months by Karen from Lavender and Lovage and Kate from What Kate Bakes, each challenge involves a style of bake or popular teatime ingredient. All teatime treats, whether sweet or savoury, breads, pies, pasties, cakes, tarts, desserts, conserves or biscuits (plus many, many more!) will be featured over the coming months. This month’s theme is GINGER and BONFIRE TREATS.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Taste & Create

Hosting Blog:
Taste & Create

Theme: Trying recipes from a given blog

Event Sign Up Date: 8th of the month
Event Deadline: 24th of the month

Taste&Create was started as a food event by Nicole from For the Love of Food. It’s whole purpose was, and has been, 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.

Sign up and you will be given a blog to work with. Just post one of their recipes to join in.

Details can be found here








to be continued ........

Well that is the first few on. Check back for lots more competitions, giveaways and challenges. I always have more to add as the month progresses.