Annual Invasive Species Cook-off Fundraiser 2019 – SOLD OUT!

When: Saturday 5-8 pm, August 3, 2019

Where: NEW VENUE this year!  Tyee Wine Cellars, just 10 miles south of Corvallis

What:  Invasive Species Cook-off and beverage Contest featuring invasive plants, catered buffet dinner from Kalamata Bistro, live bluegrass music from Rusty Hinges, and kid activities including lawn games, face painting and piñata! As long as you are not a professional chef or brewer, enter the Cook-off or Beverage contests - you could win a prize! See Cook-off Contest details, below.

Why: You've heard of invasive species - when plants and animals are introduced to areas without their natural enemies, they can crowd out our native species. The US spends over $120 billion annually on their control. We raise awareness of these species in a deliciously fun way that features invasive species. 

How: We're sorry but we are SOLD OUT for 2019. $30 Adults, $25 students, $15 kids 9-13, kids under 9 free! All proceeds after expenses support IAE's restoration, research, and ecological education work. As this is a fundraiser event, you must buy tickets to attend and to enter the Cook-off contest. 

On the Menu from Kalamata Bistro:

Entree: Mediterranean Ragoût w/ 'wild boar' (domestic pork) sausage & warm pita bread

Sides & Salad: Muhammara with burdock root and fresh vegetables; Dolmas & Tzatziki w/ sheep sorrel; Greek salad w/ sheep sorrel

Dessert & Drinks: Melomakarona, spiced Greek honey cookies w/ chicory root; strawberry basil iced tea with burdock; invasive blackberry lemonade

Click here to watch a great video about our Cook-Off on Oregon Field Guide.  Thank you OPB!

2018 Cook-off Contest. Photo by Owen Dell

Visit our 2018 Cook-off blog post to see photos from the event!

Thank you 2018 Cook-off Contest Entrants:  Andrew Esterson, Randall Bonner, Peter Kenagy, Zach Amavisca, Sara Lovtang, Denise Giles, Michelle Delepine, Elizabeth Silverwolf, Anna Ramthun, Tom Kaye, Jenny Hawkins, Laura Cummings, Courtney Shaff, Brad Loveland, Ruth Johns, Lisa Schomaker, Debbie Johnson, Michel Wiman, Bob Hansen, Matt Bahm, Mousa Diabet, Gene Evers

2018 Judges: Mayor Biff Traber, Karl Hartzell, Michelle Delepine, Matthew Paroulek, David Zahler, Rebecca Landis, Alan Thornhill, and Deb Merchant. Thank you all!

SPONSORS: This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  If you or your business would like to help, you can submit a raffle prize, or sponsor the event.  Call Michel at 541-53-3099 x 701 or email michelw 'at' for ways you can get involved!

Cook-off Dish & Beverage Contest Details:

If you make a mean blackberry pie, mint pesto, dandelion wine, knotweed IPA, or anything else that contains invasive plants, then you could win an award! 

Update: New this year, we are only focusing on invasive plant species for the Contest. All Contest entries must be vegetarian - that means no invasive animals, such nutria, starlings, crawfish, or fish.

Please visit our Guidelines for harvesting invasive plants before you enter. More specific information on individual invasive species here

Dish entry categories: 

  1. Savory Vegetarian
  2. Dessert
  3. Beverages

Notes: Please make enough of your dish to have several healthy portions for judging and sampling. Bring your dish with you to the Cook-off, and submit it to the Contest table. Need recipe ideas? Check out They’re Cooked, our invasive species cookbook, for some delicious recipe ideas!

Brewed beverage categories (Please note we cannot accept distilled spirits):

  1. Alcoholic (open-style competition)
  2. Non-alcoholic beverage brewed with an invasive species

Examples of past years' beverage entries include: Queen Anne's lace ale, blackberry wine, scotch broom ale, blackberry kombucha, mint lemonade, etc.  Questions? Call Matt at 541-753-3099 x 703.

This event is a fundraiser for the Institute for Applied Ecology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Thanks for taking a bite out of invasive species!


Does your business support

conservation and habitat restoration?

Call us to discuss sponsoring the Cook-off!

541-753-3099 x 701