Food Events - February 2012

Event Name:
Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love

Hosting Blog:
Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

Theme: Lunch Box Recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

Allergy Friendly Lunchbox love is a weekly link party that is held every Friday. Readers are invited to link up recipes that travel well in lunch boxes, and are free of some (or all) of the top 8 food allergens.


Details can be found here







Event Name:
Gimme Green

Hosting Blog:
Chef Al Dente

Theme: Green Vegetable or Fruit

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 31 March 2012

'Gimme GREEN!

The very first event on my blog Chef Al dente - inviting all creative chefs to come forward with their culinary creations! Prepare any dish using a GREEN vegetable or fruit as the main ingredient. Can be sweet or savory; any cuisine; veg or non veg. So hop onto this 'green' wagon and put on your super thinking chef hats to bring in some innovative yet tasty dishes.
For more details please visit Chef Al dente. Go Green!'


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Cakes, Cookies & Desserts

Hosting Blog:
Sugar n Spice Tales

Theme: Cakes, Cookies & Desserts

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 12 March 2012

With Valentine's Day romancing around and Holi showering its scintillating glory, nothing can sensitize my cerebral neurons than the sugary flavors of cakes and sweets. So, here I am, with all culinary weapons loaded, ready to announce my first event ever.
You are just required to send in an entry that talks about cakes, cookies or desserts of any kind, which in simple words mean 'anything with sugar or sweet' in it.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream

Hosting Blog:
Kavey Eats

Theme: Custard Based Ice Creams

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 February 2012

This year, I'd like to invite bloggers to join in with the ice cream fun by taking part in a new bloggers' challenge called Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream, hosted here on Kavey Eats.

I hope to make this a monthly challenge, where we can choose a different theme each month. At the end of each month, I'll post a round up with pictures and links back to all the blog entries, so we can all enjoy seeing what everyone else has made.


Details can be found here







Event Name:
A Celebration of Indian Food

Hosting Blog:
Lisa's Kitchen

Theme: Indian dishes suitable for vegetarians

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 February 2012

A few months back, I invited my readers to submit one of their favorite Indian vegetarian recipes. I have decided to offer lovers of Indian food a second chance to participate in a roundup because I received so many tempting recipes the last time around. This time, participants will have a chance to win a copy of Sukham Ayu by Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Cornish Dreadnought Jugs Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Jam and Clotted Cream

Theme: Giveaway (uk only)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6th February 05:01 am

Cornishware have kindly given me 2 lovely Dreadnought Jugs (1 large and 1 small) to giveaway to one Jam and Clotted Cream reader so if you want to be in with a chance of winning just read on....

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Teatime Treats

Hosting Blog:
What Kate Baked

Theme: Romance

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 February 2012

Bring us your passion-fuelled puddings and pies and let us lust after your decadent desserts. Spoil us with your scones, bewitch us with your biscuits and tempt us with your tarts and traybakes. Charm us with your cakes and thrill us with your tea time treats for two!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Hotel Chocolat Hamper Giveaway

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Chocolate Hamper Giveaway

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 14 February 2012

Would you like to win a chocolate hamper from Hotel Chocolat? If you do then enter my giveaway. The giveaway is open to all UK residents and there are 7 chances to enter for each reader. Good luck!

Details can be found here






Event Name:
We Should Cocoa

Hosting Blog:
Chocolate Log Blog

Theme:: Savoury & Vegetarian

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 February 2012

It had to come, the moment you've all been dreading. We've had a nice easy time of it recently and I'm feeling it's time my bad cop persona surfaced again. So, not only am I going for a savoury theme for February, but as I am a vegetarian I'd like all the entries to reflect this too!

Now come on, don't go into a sulk, it's a great chance to get your creative juices flowing. Bakers, don't feel excluded either, think bread, muffins or anything else for that matter. So there you have it, the We Should Cocoa February challenge is for something savoury and vegetarian which includes some form of chocolate.

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Bookmarked Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Bookmarked Recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 February 2012

Bookmarked Recipes is a monthly challenge set up to get you using your bookmarked recipes, you know the ones you save from newspapers, magazines, cookbooks, websites and blogs. You have great intentions of using them, but it is easy to forget all about them.

So have a look through them, start using them and posting them. If they are suitable for vegetarians, add them to the linky for inclusion in the next roundup.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
No Croutons Required

Hosting Blog:
Tinned Tomatoes

Theme: Fresh Herbs

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 February 2012

For this month's No Croutons Required, I would like you to make the most of fresh herbs. I always think they bring such a lovely flavour to soup and change the tone of the soup completely. Now, they don't have to be the main ingredient in your soup or salad, but they do have to play an important role.

The winner of this month's NCR will recieve a copy of the new River Cottage Herbs handbook, published in March 2012. The winner can be worldwide.


Details can be found here






Event Name:
Random Recipes

Hosting Blog:
Belleau Kitchen

Theme: Random Recipe (1st Birthday)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 February 2012

... so to mark this first birthday I am going to ask you to go back one year and choose again from that first random book... for those of you who took part in that first challenge it's pretty simple... for those who joined in later-on do exactly the same, that first book you used to enter my challenge... and for those Random Recipes Virgins out there... simply choose one of your cookbooks at random...

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Teatime Snack Event

Hosting Blog:
Torview

Theme: Sweet or Savoury to be enjoyed with tea

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 6 February 2012

Link up a sweet or savoury to have with tea, event is open to the world

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Alpha Bakes

Hosting Blog:
More Than Occasional Baker

Theme: Baking - the letter L

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 25 February 2012

Welcome to AlphaBakes, a new blogging challenge which will be hosted on alternate months by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes. This will be a monthly challenge where the aim is to bake with an ingredient that starts with the random alphabet letter chosen for that month. In case the idea is not clear, I'll give you some examples.....

'A' can be apples, apricots or Anzac cookies
'B' can be banana, bread or a bumblebee cake
'C' can be coconut, cheesecake or a chocolate caramel cupcake
.... the possibilities are endless!

We will be using a random letter generator to ensure fairness :) http://www.randomlettergenerator.com/

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Join Our Core - Ben & Jerry's

Hosting Website:
Ben & Jerry's

Theme: Business Start-up

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 April 2012

Ben & Jerry’s embarks on its European search to uncover the brightest young minds that can create a business embracing the ice cream pioneer’s philosophy of giving back to the community. Successful entrants will have to pitch their business idea to a panel of industry leaders - including Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, as well as representatives from Ashoka, VSO and the Fairtrade Foundation.

The first 100 entrants, who submit early application (before 15 March), will scoop the equivalent of a year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Entrants will have until the 15th April to put themselves forward, with 25 entrepreneurial semi-finalists being invited to present their ideas to the judging panel in London in May.

The 15 finalists chosen by the panel will be taken to Africa this summer for the last stage of the program with development gurus VSO, where they will share social business ideas, live with vanilla farmers and help local development projects in their community.

Five overall winners will scoop themselves a €10,000 cash prize and they will be featured on a Ben & Jerry’s tub.

There will also be a ‘People’s Choice Award’, where the Join Our Core community will pick five winners who will each receive €1,000 in cash.

Join our Core and Scoop for Change! (and good luck to all).

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Recipe Book Challenge

Hosting Blog:
Lavender and Lime

Theme: Random Recipe

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 February 2012

If you are like me, you have a great collection of recipe books that you have never cooked from! I can tell you that the last three Jamie Oliver books in my collection have not been experimented with. So, this month’s challenge is to randomly pick a recipe from a recipe book you have not used and cook / bake it. The challenge falls over the entire month, so feel free to enter as many recipes as you would like to the linky party – which will be open from today until the 29th.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Fresh From The Oven

Hosting Blog:
Purely Food

Theme:

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 28 February 2012

Fresh from the oven is a bread baking, monthly blogging event. If you
want to improve your bread baking skills (or try baking bread for the
first time) then this is the blogging event for you. This month we
are baking bagels and you can find the challenge recipe by clicking
the link in the further details section below. All you have to do is
try the recipe, blog about it and email us your link and a photo
(further details on the blog). At the end of the month we will publish
a round up of all the bagels you have baked. So what are you waiting
for? Join the Fresh From the Oven Challenge and get baking!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Sweet Heat

Hosting Blog:
Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops

Theme: Game Food (watching games, ie superbowl)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 26 February 2012

There's nothing like a great sports game on TV to make you want to get together with a group of friends to watch the game and of course eat some fantastic Game Food. So since this month is the American Super Bowl and the start of the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament (and of course the continuance of hockey season!) I decided the theme for this month's Sweet Heat challenge is Game Food! That means anything you fancy eating whilst watching the big game will work as long as it is spicy! Chicken wings, Jalapeno poppers or even a big batch of Chilli all fit the bill perfectly, so why not invite some friends over, chill some drinks, make some spicy snacks and cheer for your team! And of course if you aren't a sports lover there's nothing wrong with inviting some friends over and getting out the Cards, Cranium or if you're in the mood....a little Twister!

Details can be found here








Event Name:
Cook.Eat.Delicious - Desserts

Hosting Blog:
Chez Cayenne

Theme: Desserts with Herbs or Spices

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 February 2012

Life without Desserts is no life at all! Desserts create smiles, laughter, and sweet aromas that fill the house with deliciousness. This dessert lover's event for the month of February wants you to showcase your best dessert recipe featuring Herbs & Spices. One winner will walk away with a brand new cookbook!

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Family Friendly Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Fabulicious Food

Theme: Family Meals

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday


Event Name:I am finally starting to get this house in order! You may have noticed that for the past few weeks, I have been posting a Family Friendly Recipe each Friday and today I am opening this up as a new blog event here on Fabulicious Food! I’ve added all my previous posts to get us started. I may be the only one entering, but I hope not!

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Strawberries Special

Hosting Blog:
Vardhini's Kitchen

Theme: Strawberries

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 February 2012


I am happy to be guest hosting Anu's Berries event for February 2012 with theme "Strawberry". Hard to believe but I tasted strawberry only after coming to the US and have totally fallen in love with it. They are pretty and tasty too :). So for this event, I am inviting everyone to send in any dish made using strawberry. Thanks Anu for letting me host this event.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Sweet Luv

Hosting Blog:
Vardhini's Kitchen

Theme: Sweet dishes for Valentine's Day

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 29 February 2012

It is February and the first thing that hits my mind is "Valentine's Day". Love is sweet and the event this month is also sweet :). So friends for this event, I am inviting everyone to link up anything that is sweet. It can be any cuisine, any part of the meal, any mode of cooking, basically anything sweet. (Eggs are allowed in baking.)

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 February 2012
Daring Cooks Reveal Date: 14th February 2012

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:
Presto Pasta Nights

Hosting Blog:

Week One: Lavender & Lime (PPN #250, February 10)
Week Two: Cookin' with Moxie(PPN #251, February 17)
Week Three: The Life and Loves of Grumpy's HoneyBunch (PPN #252, February 24)
Week Four: Once Upon A Feasr (PPN #253, March 2)

(Ruth is looking for hosts, if you would like to host Presto Pasta Nights, just follow the link on the side panel)

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:
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:
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: Would you like to host? Haalo is also looking for hosts. Check out the sidebar for details.


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:
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






Event Name:
Chocolate Lover

Hosting Blog:
Daily Cuppa

Theme: Valentine's Day

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 February 2012

Our infatuation with chocolate first began 2,000 years ago when it was discovered in Latin America. The Maya and Aztec elites infused cocoa beans with water to form frothy chocolate drinks – the first frappuccinos, if you will – for special occasions and as sacrifices to the gods. The Aztec ruler Montezuma believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and routinely drank it before entering his harem, thus increasing chocolate’s popularity and its association with love and romance. As it turns out, he was ahead of his time. Modern-day scientists have linked the chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate to feelings of excitement, attraction and even pleasure. So, in conjunction with the coming Valentine's Day 2012.....I am organizing my first event and its called 'Chocolate Lover'.............

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Frugal Food Fridays

Hosting Blog:
Fuss Free Flavours

Theme: Frugal Cooking

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: every Friday

Now Christmas has past, and January seems a very long month, let’s let Frugal Food Fridays begin in ernest!

Some themes for money saving ideas that I have thought up are:

Dishes using cheaper ingredients – cheap cuts of meat or vegetarian
Meals using leftovers
Meals using up the ends of packets
Substitutions of cheaper ingredients
Packed lunches
Meals that use less energy to cook
Pressure cooking
Slow cooking
Faster cooking – less oven time for example
Batch cooking for the freezer
Using Sustainable foods
Food you have grown yourself
Meals from reduced food in the supermarket

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Virtual Valentines Craft and Bake Competition

Hosting Blog:


Theme: Valentines Day

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 4 February 2012

This is just for fun competition showcasing photographs and blog posts from insanely clever crafters and bakers like you. Be as creative as you like there are no hard and fast rules. If you believe in Mayan predictions there will not be another one as the World is going to end in 2012 so this could be your last chance!

Details can be found here






Event Name:
Love Lock with Sweets

Hosting Blog:
Killer on the Plate

Theme: Dessert (Vegetarian and no eggs)

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 15 February 2012

"Love Lock with Sweets celebrates some of the sweetest joys of life."
For participation, send in ANY dessert! Only it should be suitable for vegetarians and preferably have no eggs.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Wellness Weekends

Hosting Blog:
Diet, Dessert & Dogs

Theme: Healthy Vegan Recipes

Event Start Date: 8:00 PM EST Thursdays
Event Deadline: 12:00 midnight EST Mondays

What: whole foods, no refined flours/sugars, vegan recipes posted
within the previous week.
--There's a linky on my blog that people can link up. Five entries
are featured the following week.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
River Cottage Rocks

Hosting Blog:
Jo's Kitchen

Theme: River Cottage recipes

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 12 February 2012

I have been a fan of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and River Cottage since I was at university. To avoid university work, I used to watch repeats of the very early series wishing that one day, that kind of life would be my own. Now, as I have not won the lottery yet and it does not look like it is coming anytime soon, I have decided to set up a monthly blogging challenge that everyone can take part in and hopefully, bring us a little bit closer to living a lovely life in rural Dorset.

I have decided to call this challenge ‘River Cottage Rocks’. All you have to do is blog a River Cottage recipe on a chosen theme for that month.

Details can be found here







Event Name:
Potato Mania

Hosting Blog:
Siri's Flavours

Event Start Date: now
Event Deadline: 20 February 2012

Hope you had a fantastic start to the new year 2012...
Yes am very happy to announce my first event Potato Mania!
the reason being I LOVE POTATO.....and I know this cute veg is loved by most parts of the world too..
One of the most popular and versatile foods around the globe is Potato.Pick up a potato and you're holding an amazingly nutrient dense food! Calories in potatoes are low, they're naturally fat-free,it is the way you choose that makes it calorie rich.However it is a very rich source of carbohydrate and we can't imagine any party without a dish made by it!So Go POTATOES this month:)

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.