Annual Invasive Species Cook-off Fundraiser

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WHEN: Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 5-8 pm

NEW THIS YEAR!  *The event will be at the  beautiful Harris Bridge Vineyard near Wren, Oregon.

Catered Mediterranean Buffet Dinner by Kalamata Bistro! No Potluck this year, but you can still enter a dish made with invasive ingredients to the Cook-off Contest and Beverage Contest! Details below.

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

HOW: Buy your tickets here! Buy a table and bring your friends!

WHAT:  Invasive Species Cook-off contest, catered buffet dinner, live music, local libations, beverage competition, and kid activities including lawn games, face painting and piñata! Enter the Cook-off contest, but please note this is a catered event this year, and NOT a potluck.

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 541-753-3099 x 701 or email michelw 'at' for ways you can get involved!

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


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. They cost the US over $120 billion annually to control. We want to raise awareness of these species in a deliciously fun event that highlights these invasive plants and animals. 

Cook-off Contest and Beverage Contest: 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 you could win an award! The event is not a potluck this year, but entries will be judged and made available for sampling. Submit a dish at the event, or an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage brewed with an invasive species the day before the event for an open-style competition. Please visit our Guidelines for hunting and harvesting invasives before you enter. More specific information on individual invasive species here). Entry instructions coming soon. 

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

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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