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Last call for entries for CHOMP! gardening competition, chance to win $100 PCC gift card


The second-annual CHOMP!, a celebration local food, farming and sustainable-living, is Saturday, Aug. 20 at King County’s Marymoor Park. Organizers are announcing the final call for entries in contests for hottest homemade hot sauce, best backyard chickens and wackiest homegrown produce.


Celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, chomp_farmers_market_weblocal and sustainable at CHOMP!, Aug. 20 at King County’s Marymoor Park near Redmond. Bring your wacky produce, homemade hot sauce and amazing backyard chickens to win great prizes.
New for 2016 – CHOMP! celebrates King County’s amazing community gardeners and cooks with three fun competitions that let you show your creativity in the garden and in the kitchen.

Multiple winners in the wacky homegrown produce, hottest homemade hot sauce, and best backyard chicken contests will get a $100 PCC gift card. All entrants who register and are present with their entries at CHOMP! on Aug. 20 will receive a $10 PCC gift card. Grand-prize winners in each category will win a $100 PCC gift card. Learn more about competition schedule and rules at

Competition categories:

Wacky Produce - Bring your spectacularly odd King County fruits and vegetables for our panel of local farmers to judge in three categories:

• Largest fruit or vegetable
• Fruit or vegetable that looks most like a human face
• Fruit or vegetable that looks most like an object or animal
Sign up for the Wacky Produce Competition here.
Homemade Hot Sauce – Is your hot sauce three alarm, four alarm or just plain delicious? CHOMP! judges will choose winners in three categories including:

• Hottest
• Most flavorful
• Overall top-rated by judges
Sign up for the Homemade Hot Sauce Competition here.
Backyard Chicken Pageant – Take your chicken to the park! Our judges will select a single “Best in King County Backyard Chicken.” Chickens will be judged on health, plumage and of course, personality. All breeds are welcome.
Sign up for the Backyard Chicken Pageant here.
CHOMP!, King County's celebration of local farming, food and sustainability, is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at King County's Marymoor Park. Now in its second year, this fun, family-friendly event is presented by PCC Natural Markets and hosted by King County Parks.
Featuring cooking demonstrations from guest celebrity chefs, hands-on workshops to make you a better backyard farmer and gardener, kids’ activities, a community gardener competition, live entertainment, and so much more, CHOMP! is a free all-day event that will inspire, entertain and feed your appetite for fresh, local and exciting food.
CHOMP! supports King County Executive Dow Constantine’s Local Food Initiative by celebrating local farmers, chefs and restaurants using locally-sourced food, and local organizations specializing in healthy food, sustainability, and social justice.
The initiative is aimed at strengthening the local food economy and improving access to healthy, affordable food in underserved communities.

For more details about CHOMP!, visit the website,, to sign up for e-mail updates, or follow updates via the event Facebook page at

To see photos of the inaugural CHOMP! event in 2015, visit

Interactive and immersive activities are a key part of CHOMP! Some of the activity zones include: 

Bike Works' Bike Rodeo - Whether you bring your bike or not (and we hope you do!), you can be part of this two-wheeled experience. Get your bike fixed at Bike Works' BikeMobile; ride the bike rodeo (ages 8-12, bikes provided); decorate your ride; check out the wares of bike-related vendors; and more! Learn more about Bike Works here.

Farmer for a Day - Did you ever wonder what it feels like to be a farmer? The whole family can try this: work a wheelbarrow, wash some eggs, learn to lasso, or pitch some hay. You'll also get to meet some farmers and learn more about what it takes to produce our local food.

Discover CHOMPlandia! - CHOMP! is all about experience, and on the old Willowmoor Farm site at Marymoor Park, you'll gain a new perspective on your surroundings and new ways to look at your own landscape. Learn how to identify—and use—native plants. Plant and take home your own seed starts thanks to King County’s Loop Biosolids program.

Pea Patch - CHOMP!’s Pea Patch, will be a wonderland created entirely for kids. In the Pea Patch, kids can take part in a number of activities that will let them create, play, learn and grow. There will be Springfree Trampolines, bubbles, performers, and crafts for children of all ages.

Farmers Market - Enjoy the bounty King County farms have to offer at the Farmers Market at CHOMP!, featuring a special selection of fresh produce and farm products from local King County farms, perfect for eating on the go or stocking up your pantry. Learn about the many farmers markets located in King County while you shop for seasonal goodies and take home a taste of what's growing right here, on the farms in your own backyard.

CHOMP! Tank - Part of the CHOMP! mission is to support sustainable agriculture, and one of the best ways to do that is to grow and share new ideas for business and trade. With and other partners from the entrepreneur community, we organized the CHOMP! Tank where folks can work on real world design challenges and perhaps ignite the spark in the next generation of food entrepreneurs & innovators. If you want to get inspired, share your home-grown innovation, or are looking for advice, there's a place for you at the CHOMP! Tank.

Community Kitchen – Witness chefs present skills and recipes including how to make great-tasting kale to how to use weeds to make healthy tinctures at the CHOMP! Community Kitchen. Bring the wackiest looking vegetable from your garden for our Wacky Food contest, and take home a new recipe or two!

Repair Café - Bring your small household items and clothing to our Repair Cafe! Our expert "fixers" will try to repair and mend them, and can show you how. For free! King County’s EcoConsumer program has held nine repair events in south King County this year. This will be the first on the Eastside. Repair keeps stuff out of the landfill, conserves resources and saves you money.

CHOMP! is proud to be partnering with Northwest Folklife who will be presenting a day of music and dance showcasing folk traditions of a number of King County’s rich ethnic communities. Performers include the following:

Halau Hula O Napualani
11:15 a.m. – noon
Preserving Hawaiian culture and history through song and dance, Halau Hula O’Napualani Hawaiian School of Dance in Seattle was founded in 1977 by Kumu Gloria (Napualani) and has trained roughly 40,000 students since opening. Halau Hula O Napunalani is a group of all ages of Hawaiian dancers, ages 4-88; ohana ukulele musicians, and singers of all genres of Hawaiian. Halau Hula O’Napualani performs traditional as well as contemporary styles of Hawaiian music. 

The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project 
12:45 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project gives women and girls the opportunity to learn how to play and perform Caribbean steel drums and is dedicated to creating a space for women and girls in music through arts education. The project started in 2013 under the artistic direction of Michael Shantz and the administrative direction of Oriana Estrada. The Steel Drum also called “pan” is a mallet instrument that originated in 1940’s in the Caribbean country of Trinidad. The women who currently make up the group come from a variety of musical and artistic backgrounds. 

Rhythms of India Dance
2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Rhythms of India Dance School has been teaching Bollywood and Bhangra dances in Bollywood, Bhangra, Giddha, Filmi and semi-classical dances, in addition to its patented ‘Bhangracize’ since 2001 in multiple locations in the Seattle metro area, as well as the Eastside. The dancers enjoy sharing the rich and vibrant culture of Bollywood through the movie dances, and Bhangra through the folk dances of Punjab and other surrounding states of Northern India. Experience the vibrant dances and rich culture of India with The Rhythms of India dance troupe!

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For over 20 years, Anzanga has brought the electrifying and energizing music of African marimba to the Pacific Northwest. Anzanga, which means “to our friends,” draws its name and music from the rich cultural heritage of Africa. This intense group draws repertoire primarily from Zimbabwe influences from Mozambique, South Africa, and Gambia, as well to playing compositions of their own. Their marimbas are handcrafted, and their xylophones made from various hardwoods.

5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Ocheami is an African Arts organization that aspires to promote healthy, holistic lifestyle practices and cultural competency through education and cultural development, independently and in collaborative ventures with other organizations.

Fitz & The Tantrums
After the CHOMP! festivities end for the day, we encourage fans to stick around Marymoor Park to enjoy the music of Fitz and The Tantrums, as part of the Marymoor Park Concerts Series Presented by Swedish Redmond in conjunction with CHOMP!. Tickets for this event are separate, and can be purchased at or the park box office. Tickets are $29.50 in advance and will be $35 on the day of the show.  Seattle's own Pickwick and Phases will be opening.

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King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.

About Artist Home
Artist Home is a company of culture makers, community builders, and event producers who have served the Pacific Northwest for nearly 10 years. Since its inception, Artist Home has become a prominent part of the Northwest Music community by creating one-of-a-kind festival experiences and providing booking services, talent buying for regional venues and festivals, artist consultation, and promotional service.