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Naturally Nutritious Food Festival

Now in it’s 29th year, the Naturally Nutritious Food Festival is an annual cooking contest with a variety of categories for adults and children. Join us at this year’s event on Wednesday, August 1 during the free fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Building 21. Contest entries will be accepted between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and must be accompanied by a recipe. Judging begins at 7 p.m.

For official contest rules, visit Additional questions can be directed to Nancy O’Connor at The Merc Co+op at 785-843-8544.

Open Categories

1.    Fresh Salsa (no home-canned salsas, please)

2.    Kansas Cuisine (any recipe using four or more ingredients grown or raised in Kansas*)

3.    International Cuisine

4.    Main Dish featuring locally raised Meat

5.    Meatless Main Dish

6.    Healthy Dessert made with Fresh Fruit

*Please indicate on your submitted recipe card which ingredients meet the requirements of the category. 

Young Chef Categories+

7.    Healthy Snack featuring Fresh Fruit

8.    Healthy Snack featuring Fresh Vegetables

+These classes are for chefs ages 12 and under. Children are welcome to enter open categories as well.

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