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Competitions Season for Food Sculptors

The Competitions Season is here for Food carvers and sculptors, both professional and aspiring! If you enjoy vegetable and fruit carving as a hobby, there’s no better way to challenge yourself than to test out your skills at a few carving competitions.

Competitions Push You to Challenge Yourself

Competitions Winning Entry by Nit aGill

Nita’s First Place Entry for the People’s Choice Award at the Carve III Competition

I know for some people just hearing the word “competitions” can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner in your vegetable and fruit carving journey. You may think, “I’m just doing this for fun!” But don’t worry, competitions are meant to be fun and they can be a valuable learning experience. You’ll meet people who will inspire you and seeing their work will encourage you to further your skills even more. And who knows, you may be surprised with how well you do!

If you need a little motivation, just read my previous blog post about a beginner vegetable and fruit carver who won third place at one of her very first competitions. A student/customer of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101, Summer Dawn Coumbes, drove to the Plain City Heritage Days Fruit Carving Competition in Ohio and took home third place in the amateur category! You can read about her story here.
Read on to check out the upcoming carving competitions this season, hosted by the World Food Sculptors Association, to see which one is right for you!

Upcoming Competitions for Food Carvers and Sculptors

Plain City Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition
One of the first major competitions this season is coming up next month. The Heritage Days fruit and vegetable carving competition is taking place in Plain City, Ohio on May 19th, and features both professional and amateur category competitions. Last year, my student/customer Summer Dawn Coumbes won third place in the amateur category. This win was extra special for Summer because it was her very first experience with carving competitions! If you are able to make it to the Heritage Days fruit and vegetable competition, I highly encourage you to challenge your skills on May 19th.
There’s still time to enter. Here is the Download Application for Plain City Heritage Days Competition – good luck!
Ohio State Fair Food Art Competition
If you feel that May is too soon to test out your vegetable and fruit carving skills, there is another carving competition taking place in Ohio in July. The Ohio State Fair Food Art competition is scheduled for  Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Bring a friend to enjoy the fair with you because all competitors will be provided with parking passes and two entry tickets.
Carvers in the amateur competition will be provided with a watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple and three hours in which to carve their display. Professional competitors will be required to bring in a completed carving to be arranged within a one hour time limit. Here is the Download Application for Ohio State Fair Food Art competition. It promises to be a great time!
The Carve V Vegetable and Fruit Carving Competition
One of the largest vegetable and fruit carving competitions in the United States would have to be the Carve in Holland, Michigan. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6, 2012.
This carving competition will have categories for students, hobbyists and pro carvers, as well as a fun activity area to introduce children to food art. You can showcase your creative skills at this event and play with your food at the same time!
The Carve III Competitions Team Event

Winners of the The Carve III U.S. Collegiate National Championships Team Division

You can learn more about the Carve competitions, see inspiring photos and get some great ideas from previous Carve events from the following blog posts:
Mr. October Online Pumpkin Carving Competition
The month of October brings Halloween, trick or treating and, of course, pumpkin carving competitions! There seems to be no end to the amazing and creative ways to carve pumpkins, with skilled carvers achieving incredible realism and 3D effects.
Pumpkin carving competitions winner Jim Morgan

Jim Morgan’s award winning Mr. October pumkin carving

One of the pumpkin carving competitions that you may want to look out for is the Mr. October Professional Online Pumpkin Carving Competition. The exact date will be announced closer to October so check my blog often for details! Last year’s Mr. October was caterer and professional vegetable and fruit carver, Jim Morgan.
I’ve featured Jim on a few of my blog posts – I’m a fan of his work! You can check out some of his pumpkin carvings and fruit displays in these previous posts:
By the way, if you enjoy carving pumpkins and want to learn some really amazing techniques for your next Halloween party, check out champion carver Ray Villafaine’s 3D Pumpkin Carving Tutorials on my online shop.  You can learn pumpkin carving from a master carver who has been featured on the Food Network, Wall Street Journal, the Martha Stewart show and more!

Challenge Your Vegetable and Fruit Carvings Skills at One of the Upcoming Competitions

Will you challenge your vegetable and fruit carving skills at one of the upcoming competitions? I hope so! If you do, let me know how it goes.
Winners of the carving competitions will also receive one of my vegetable and fruit carving DVD lessons. Happy Carving. Whether you choose to compete or to attend as a spectator, I hope you have fun at one of the upcoming competitions!

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