Have fun in the kitchen as you prepare and taste different foods, do fun experiments, and go on fact-finding missions! The foods project focuses on: healthy food selection, smart food purchasing, food safety and science, food preparation, food preservation, careers, and food around the world.

foods project information

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How can you showcase what you learned?

Enter food you have prepared in one of three categories to be judged at the Marion County Showcase: 1) Baked, 2) Preserved, and 3) County Creative Cookery (any food that is not baked or preserved, such as microwave, crockpot, blender, etc.). You will enter your food based on your grade level, except for County Creative Cookery where you can enter up to two exhibits, for a total of up to four exhibits.

What are the guidelines for showcasing/ exhibiting your project at the fair?
exhibit guidelines:

All youth MUST read and follow Purdue Extension’s Food Safety Policy (see section on page 1 of the link).

  • Cloverbud 4-H members: Enter any food you have made from one of the three categories above, or create an exhibit (such as a poster or notebook) showing off what you learned or to teach about a foods-related topic. 
    • Note: A reference list must be included with your poster.
  • Classic 4-H members: Requirements are for Baked and Preserved. County Creative Cookery is an opportunity for you to research, prepare, and show-off food you prepared that does not fit in the Baked or Preserved categories, such as microwave, crockpot, blender, grill, wok, other electronic appliances, etc. Be creative for County Creative Cookery, but follow pages 1 and 2 of the State Fair Exhibit Instructions (where appropriate) for all food entries. You may enter up to 2 food exhibits in County Creative Cookery.




Classic 4-H members: Could your project advance to the state fair? Yes (Baked and Preserved)

How can you learn more about this project? (e.g., manuals, workshops)


Learn more by completing the activities in the following 4-H manuals:

 Join the Marion County Foods Club by contacting Linda Bauknecht at: 

Visit the Indiana 4-H’s Foods webpage for more resources.

Levels and grades for Foods are now just SUGGESTIONS and not guidelines. Please read the Exhibit Guidelines thoroughly before starting any work on the project!