Annual Invasive Species Cook-off Fundraiser

THANK YOU for attending! We'd love to see you next year!

2018 Cook-off Contest. Photo by Owen Dell

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

Announcing the 2018 Cook-off Contest Winners:

Savory Vegetarian: Elizabeth Silverwolf – Wild Nettle Crescent Buns and Mustard Blossom Butter

Savory Meat: Andrew Esterson – Nutria Chile Verde

Dessert: Laura Cummings - Blackberry-Basil Tart

Beverage: Mousa Diabet - French-style saison with Queen Anne’s lace

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

We couldn’t host the Contest without our judges: Mayor Biff Traber, Karl Hartzell, Michelle Delepine, Matthew Paroulek, David Zahler, Rebecca Landis, Alan Thornhill, and Deb Merchant.

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.

WHEN: August 3, 2019

WHERE: Harris Bridge Vineyard

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

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!

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. 

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

Cook-off Dish & Beverage Contest Details:

If you make a mean blackberry pie, dandelion wine, crayfish etouffee, nutria stew, knotweed IPA, fried bullfrog legs or anything else that contains invasive species, then you could win an award! Please, no professional entrants, thanks! Amateurs only. Click here for the Entry Form

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

Dish entry categories: 

  1. Savory Vegetarian
  2. Savory Meat
  3. Dessert

Notes: Please make enough of your dish to have several healthy portions for judging and sampling. Bring it 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 dish ideas!

Brewed beverage categories (NOTE: we cannot accept distilled spirits):

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

Notes: Beverage entries only (not dishes) are due by 5 pm the day before the event at the IAE office. Examples of past years' beverage entries include: Queen Anne's lace ale, purple varnish clam stout, 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. 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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