Annual Invasive Species Cook-Off

About the Cook-Off

2023 Invasive Species Cook-off, Corvallis, Oregon

September 16, 5:30–8pm, Common Fields, 545 SW 3rd Street

Tickets: $50 per adult general admission, $30 Single Discounted (Child under 12, Student, Unemployed)

What is the Invasive Species Cook-off?

The Invasive Species Cook-off is an event to remember, with dinner that features all-too-common invasive plants and animals. Guests are frequently surprised that well-known foods are both edible and invasive, usurping resources from our native ecosystems. This awareness-raising is at the heart of this fundraiser for the restoration, research and education work of IAE. Each year is more fun than the last with live music, food and beverages in a festival-like ambience. In 2022, the Cook-off Contest featured professional food cart chefs cooking up invasive species and vying for the people’s choice award! Click here to watch a great video involving frog-gigging and past Cook-Offs on Oregon Field Guide.  Thank you OPB!

2023 Cook-off Details:

  • Tickets for the 2023 Invasive Species Cookoff are ON SALE NOW.
  • Ticket holders get a small plate from each of the four Food Carts, plus a nonalcoholic drink (beverages available for purchase at Common Fields)
  • Amateur chefs compete for the most creative invasive dish
  • Professional Chefs will vie for the coveted People’s Choice Award
  • Live music with Tiny Huge Mistakes
  • Kids activities
  • Raffle prizes

2023 Amateur Chef Contest Details:

Interested in competing in the 2023 Amateur Chef Contest in September? Sign up here and register your dish for the competition. You could win an award for your creative invasive dish!

Please visit our Invasive species harvest guidelines and links to learn more. More specific information on individual invasive species here.

Need recipe ideas? Check out They’re Cooked, our invasive species cookbook, for some delicious recipes!

Why are invasive species a problem?

When plants and animals are introduced to areas without their natural enemies, they can crowd out our native species. The U.S. spends over $120 billion annually on their control. We raise awareness of these species in a deliciously fun way that features invasive species. Read more on our blog post, Bring them to the table: What you can do to fight non-native plant infestations.

A huge thank you to our 2022 Business Sponsors!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2023 Cookoff? Reach out to us at [email protected] or (541) 753-3099 for more information.


Past Cook-off Gallery

Thanks for taking a bite out of invasive species!