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Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition in Ohio

Announcing an upcoming fruit and vegetable carving competition in Plain City, Ohio. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, attending a fruit and vegetable carving competition is a great way to meet like-minded people and get inspired!

2012 will be Plain City’s third annual Heritage Days Festival, which celebrates the history of the city with local food and craftsmanship. The fruit and vegetable carving competition, sponsored by the World Food Sculptor’s Association, is a big part of the Heritage Days Festival.

This Year’s Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Plain City, Ohio at Der Dutchman Restaurant

There will be an amateur division and a profession division for this competition. For more details about getting involved with the  Heritage Days Vegetable and Fruit Carving Competition, contact Greg Butauski at exdir@foodsculptors.org.

Last year, when I published the announcement on my blog, a student of my vegetable and fruit carving lessons – Summer Dawn Coumbes - got in her car and drove to Ohio to compete. She won 3rd place in the amateur category! You can read about her story in more detail in my previous blog post:

Winners of Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition

 I just wanted to share Summer’s photo here again with her beautiful fruit and vegetable carving competition display:

Heritage fruit and vegetable carving competition 2011

Summer won 3rd place at last year’s Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition in Plain City, Ohio

Oh and by the way, this was Summer’s first ever fruit and vegetable carving competition! Didn’t she do a great job? Summer opted for a Hawaiian theme with her colorful toucan, pineapple palm tree and tropical flowers carved from melons.

You can learn to carve melons from several of my DVD and Online Lessons. My 11 week Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101 is perfect for beginners and will introduce you to carving melons in the very last lesson called Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves. My DVD lessons called Carving Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals will then take you through more detailed carving designs. If you like, you can visit my shop to find all the DVDs, online lessons and carving tools you’ll need to get started with fruit and vegetable carving.

Once you learn the techniques, you can add your own creative flair just like Summer did! She tied for third place in the amateur fruit and vegetable carving category. Here is the other competitor who came in third:

Third place winner fruit and vegetable carving

Another third place winner at last year’s Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable carving competition

The birds theme in the display above was really beautiful too. They both did really well! I’ve judged fruit and vegetable carving competitions and it can be really difficult with so many excellent entries to choose from.

You can see who the other winners are and their carvings in my blog post about last year’s competition.

If you are within driving distance from Plain City, Ohio, I highly recommend that you attend the Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition on May 19th

No matter how long you’ve been involved with fruit and vegetable carving, you can always learn something new by attending a competition. Besides fruit and vegetable carving, you can enjoy some delicious traditional Amish food and entertainment at the festival as well!

Here are a few links to Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competitions with photos that you might enjoy

These are a few of the fruit and vegetable carving competitions that I’ve been a part of in the past. They are a lot of fun! It’s always a pleasure to meet fellow carvers and be able to share and learn from one another. I hope the photos will give you some ideas for your own fruit and vegetable carving arrangements.

Watermelon Carving Competition

The Carve IV – Vegetable and Fruit Carving Competition

Fruit Carving Arrangement – 2nd Place Winner

The Carve III – People’s Choice Competition

Collegiate National Championships at The Carve III

Happy Carving! Oh, and if you’ve attended or participated in a fruit and vegetable carving competition, I’d love to hear your story and see your photos.

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