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Announcing Faux Food Fight!

an online contest for kids ages 6-14

Have you ever seen fake food that looked so real, you could eat it?  Many historic house museums use faux (or fake) food as props, to help visitors imagine the time when the house was still a home, and a place for eating, sleeping, playing and working. Two local historic houses, Clermont and Staatsburgh State Historic Sites, have delicious-looking faux food made of materials that don’t attract bugs or go rotten. This July, they are presenting an online contest for kids, ages 6-14, called “Faux Food Fight,” challenging kids to create their own culinary concoctions, and to be as imaginative as they want! You could make something that looks super-delicious to you and your family! Or you could make something your parents would never let you eat! Or maybe even something you would never want to eat!  Enter your faux culinary concoction by August 1 for a chance to win a prize.


Create a faux-food dish out of any materials you want, it can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional; create a recipe on how to make it that includes the list of all ingredients and the instructions on how to combine them into your culinary masterpiece. Recipes can be hand-written or typed. No prior culinary experience required! You can also include serving instructions if you’d like to.


Take a photo (or several from different angles if you wish) and send the photos, recipe and instructions by email to, or just click on the E-Mail Us button above. Don't forget--the deadline is August 1st!


Our panel of expert fake foodies will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in three age categories: ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. Winners will receive their own chef hat and apron, a must-have for every culinary maestro!  Winners will be announced on August 12, 2021

Entries will be judged on their creativity, artistic merit, and effort in composing a recipe and fake foodstuff. Each child’s fake food photo and recipe will be featured on the social media and websites of both Clermont and Staatsburgh State Historic Site.

Check out these videos from Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Rep. Antonio Delgado! 

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