Institute of Applied Ecology Annual Invasive Species Cook-off

Event Details

Date: August 19, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Floral Courtyard at the Benton County Fairgrounds - 110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis, OR 97333

Annual Invasive Species Cook-off & Potluck Fundraiser

Join the Institute of Applied Ecology for the 2017 Invasive Species Cook-off!

WHEN: Saturday, August 19th, 2017, 5-8 pm

WHERE: Floral Courtyard at the Benton County Fairgrounds, Corvallis, Oregon

WHY: We eat 'em to beat 'em! IAE encourages eradication of invasive species to help give native species a fighting chance.

HOW: Tickets online or at the door (suggested donation: $10-$50 per person, $25-$75 per family)

WHAT: Invasive Species Cook-off contest and potluck dinner. Live music, local libations, beverage competition, face painting and piñata!

WHAT ELSE: Members-only Invasive Species Beer Tasting & Social at 4:30 pm before the Cook-off - JOIN TODAY! RSVP if you can attend this special tasting of entries in the Invasive Species Beverage Competition!

CLICK HERE to watch a great video about the Cook-Off on Oregon Field Guide.

2017: Let's 'eclipse' invasive species! Bring your eclipse guests to join in the fun! (Bring a potluck dish to share per group)


So what is an invasive species? When plants and animals are introduced to areas without their natural enemies, they can crowd out our native species. IAE wants to fight back by encouraging the use (eating) these invasive plants and animals. (Oregon Noxious Weed list here, more information on invasives here). If you can use an invader in a dish, you may enter our Cook-off contest and could win a prize! You should bring any dish to share to our event, with or without invasives, as it is a potluck dinner!

But if you make a mean blackberry pie, dandelion wine, crayfish etouffee, nutria stew, knotweed IPA, fried bullfrog legs or anything else that contains invasives, then bring it on! Enter your potluck creation into the cook-off contest by bringing three separate small-but-taster-sized servings for the judges, and have them on the contest table by 6:00 pm.

Cook-Off Categories:

Best Savory Meat Dish
Best Savory Vegetarian Dish
Best Dessert/Sweet
Best Beverage (21+ or all-ages)
Bringing your dish to the contest:

ENTRY SIZES: Please bring 3 generous-but-taster-sized servings for the judges. Bring more to share in the potluck - we'd love to taste your creations!
TEMPERATURE CONTROL: If your cook-off entry needs to be kept warm or cold, please bring what you need to make that happen. Electricity will be available.
JUDGING: Cook-Off entries must be on the contest table by 6:00 pm when judging starts.
CATEGORIES: Judges will score your cook-off entry on the following criteria: 1) creativity, 2) presentation, 3) taste, and 4) conservation benefit (how problematic is the invasive species you’re using?).
WINNERS: The winning entries in each category will be announced between 6:30 & 7:00 pm.

This event is a fundraiser for the Institute for Applied Ecology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Your donations are tax-deductible and directly support IAE's on-the-ground habitat and species conservation programs.

Thanks for taking a bite out of invasive species!

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