CHOMP!, King County’s celebration of local food and sustainability returns, Aug. 20

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CHOMP!, King County’s celebration of local farming, food and sustainability, is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at King County’s Marymoor Park. Now in its second year, this fun, family-friendly event is presented by PCC Natural Markets and hosted by King County Parks.

Kick off the weekend by attending CHOMP!’s Dinner in the Park on Friday, August 19 at 6:00 pm in the Willowmoor Farm area at Marymoor Park. Guests will enjoy a locally sourced five-course dinner prepared by some of King County’s many acclaimed chefs. Proceeds benefit Food Empowerment Education & Sustainability Team (FEEST).

Join King County Parks the next day and celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, local and sustainable at CHOMP!. This FREE all-day event features cooking demonstrations from guest celebrity chefs, hands-on workshops to make you a better backyard farmer and gardener, kids’ activities, a community gardener competition, live entertainment, and so much more. Check out the full list of activities.

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New for 2016 – CHOMP! celebrates King County’s amazing community gardeners and cooks with three fun competitions that let you show your creativity in the garden and in the kitchen.

Wacky Produce – Bring your spectacularly odd King County fruits and vegetables for our panel of local farmers to judge in three categories:
• Largest fruit or vegetable
• Fruit or vegetable that looks most like a human face
• Fruit or vegetable that looks most like an object or animal

Sign up for the Wacky Produce Competition here.

Homemade Hot Sauce – Is your hot sauce a three-alarm, four alarm or just plain delicious? CHOMP! judges will choose winners in three categories including:
• Hottest
• Most flavorful
• Overall top-rated by judges

Sign up for the Homemade Hot Sauce Competition here.

Backyard Chicken Pageant – Take your chicken to the park! Our judges will select a single “Best in King County Backyard Chicken.” All breeds welcome.
• Chickens will be judged on health, plumage and of course, personality

Sign up for the Backyard Chicken Pageant here.

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All entrants who register and are present with their entries at CHOMP! on Aug. 20 will receive a $10 PCC gift card. Grand-prize winners in each category will win a $100 PCC gift card. Learn more about competition schedule and rules at www.chomplocal.org

For more details about CHOMP!, visit the website, www.chomplocal.org, to sign up for e-mail updates and follow updates via the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chomp/1450729095218364?fref=ts or read the press release.

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