Youth fire up grills for Florida 4-H State Tailgate contest Oct. 14

Who:    UF/IFAS Extension 4-H youth development program

What:    Thirty youth from across the state will show off their culinary and food safety skills in the second annual Florida 4-H State Tailgate Contest.

The event teaches youth the art and science of preparing beef, pork, poultry and seafood in an outdoor setting. During the contest, participants cook a protein of their choice on a simple charcoal grill, and are judged on their use of food safety methods and the taste of their dish.

First and second place winners for each protein from four regional qualifying contests will participate in the state contest. All have worked hard to perfect their techniques. Along the way, they’ve developed many life skills, including decision making, healthy lifestyle choices and effective communication.

The first and second place winners receive $1,500 and $1,000 college scholarships, respectively.

This event is sponsored by Sonny’s BBQ, Winn-Dixie, National Beef and Sanderson Farms. In addition to scholarships, sponsors, who will also act as guest judges, have provided gift cards and meat thermometers.

When:    Oct. 14, 8 a.m. Grills are lit by 9 a.m.

Where:   UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center

2142 Shealy Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu

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