Virtual “Dish-Off” Competition

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As we approach N.C. A&T State University’s 2021 Small Farms Week event, we would like to share a fun and exciting opportunity for youth to participate in. This year, we are hosting a ‘virtual’ Dish-Off competition! Youth will prepare a dish in the safety of their home and be judged via Zoom by a panelist of judges. The criteria and all registration information has been listed below. We hope our young people will be excited to participate in our first “Dish-Off” experience!

Registration is required and will close on Monday, February 22, 2021, and can be completed at: Virtual Dish-Off Registration. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Wiley at

Dish-Off Guidelines

  1. Register as an “individual”,  no team registrations due to COVID-19 regulations. Youth will be grouped in the following divisions (please provide your age when registering):
    • Intermediate Division: age 9-12
    • Jr. Division: age 13-15
    • Sr. Division: age 16-18
  2. Utilize ALL ingredients listed on the ingredient list. The list of ingredients will be provided upon registration.
  3. Provide your dish-off recipe to the event organizer prior to judging. The recipe should be emailed to Dr. Shannon Wiley ( no later than March 15, 2021.
    • A first, second, & third-place winner will be selected in each category.

Judging Criteria – Judging will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23 during the Small Farms Week festivities. Judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. Detailed information regarding participant judging time and Zoom login will be provided upon registration. All participants will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of My Plate
  • Nutrition Knowledge
  • Food Preparation and Practices
  • Serving Size Information
  • Cost Analysis of the Dish
  • Appearance & Creativity of the Dish

We are excited and hope your youth will consider participating!!