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KDWP to host cooking competition featuring wild game, foraged foods

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Whether grilled, smoked, poached, canned or dehydrated, wild foods procured from the Kansas outdoors will be on showcase at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks’ first-ever cooking competition Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Lawrence, Kan.

Whether you’re new to the culinary world, a seasoned home cook or a classically-trained chef, KDWP is inviting all to compete at this free community partnership event hosted by KDWP, Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center, Native Lands Restoration Collaborative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Haskell University.

The competition will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19, at Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N 1250 Road, Lawrence.

Competitors may submit entries in any of the following categories: wild game, wild fish, wild plants, wild mushrooms, wild sweets (fruit, berries, dessert, etc.) and wild invasive or nuisance species. Entries will be judged by a panel of local expert foragers, with prizes awarded to the top entrant in each category, as well as a special prize for the “Community Favorite” entry.

Interested parties may register for the competition by visiting programs.ksoutdoors.com/Wild-Foods-Cook-Off.

In addition to the wild foods cook-off, the day’s activities will also include mini workshops on native lands habitat restoration, foraging, and plant and insect identification. A formal land acknowledgement, and presentation on Baker Wetlands history, will also be provided before cook-off winners are formally announced. The day’s events, including the cooking competition, are offered at no cost to the public; and, attendees do not need to register a dish to taste entries or participate in the day’s workshops.

For more information, contact event organizer and KDWP Education Specialist Amy Bousman at amy.bousman@ks.gov.

Information thanks to KDWP.

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