Thursday, 2 December 2010

Create and Carve ~ Fruit n Veg Event

1st December 2010 - 31st December 2010 would like to introduce bloggers to  the wonderful  world of decorative food art. Fruit and vegetable carving is facinating and by just using a few basic simple techniques you can transform a plain  fruit or vegetable into a show piece.Carving does not have to be super intricate nor does it require any major specialist tools. It just needs little creativity and a little inspiration.

This event  is all about awakening our creativity.Using any fruit or vegetable you can make simple garnishes, salads, make pictures, carve leaves, flowers,  cut pretty fruit and veg shapes, carve baskets or animals in fact any type of carving or garnish will be accepted for the event entry.
A plate of food that is  colourful and pleasing to the eye can often encourage the fussiest eater to sample it especially children.
Here are some simple ideas of creations.

You can use cookie cutters, knives, fancy garnish cutters, graters any tool to help you create your piece of art.You may send entries where you have used your garnish or carving  on a cooked dish but remember the main  emphasis should be to show the carving /creation.

1.Using fruit or vegetable  show a garnish  or carving you have created . You can  post instructions on how to create your garnish / carving although it is not compulsary. If you use an on line source or video to help you , please do not forget to link the source due to copyright reasons and of course to give full  credit to the owner.
2. Post  your entry on your blog ,
3. Multiple entries allowed.
4. Non bloggers can participate by emailing their details.
5. You must link this post to your entry post, use of logo is mandatory as it helps to spread the word of the event.
6. Send your completed entries here  or to

Please Include these details:
Your name-
Blog Name-
Your post name-
Your post URL-
Image  no larger than 300 pixels

To help you get started here are a few simple carving /garnishing  videos that will give you some ideas on where to start.You can of course use your own imagination and creativity.

Some very basic step by step carving vidoes for beginners
Simple FlowerApple leaf
Carrot Butterfly
Cucumber butterfly
Carrot Flower 1
Carrot Flower 2
Flower Bouquet
Cucumber Rose
Carrot Rose
Cucumber fan
Cucumber leaves
A simple swan basket part 1
A simple awan basket part 2
A simple swam basket part 3
A simple swam basket part 4
Radish leaf
Tomato Rose
Orange basket part  1
Orange basket part 2
Orange Basket part 3

This is going to be an on going  monthly event commencing on the 1st of each calender month  so if you would like to guest host it please email me with your request  for the month you would like to host it.

If you are in UK you can purchase the knife here:

Some useful tools and books click on the images to purchase them:


  1. Wonderful event!!..will try carving....but dunno if I can! :)) will try tho!

  2. @ Smitha, you can start by basic leaf/ flower cutting and progress from there ,check the videos I have posted,they are very simple trust me once you start you will want to try more and more.

  3. wow cute creations! i have never tried a hand at this, but if i am successful, i will surely send in an entry.

  4. Wonderful event :) would surely give my try.

    I would be happy if you allow me to send the previously done carvings too. I have few posted in my blog. Do let me know if I can do that. ofcourse I would try to make few and post along too.

  5. hru doing dear..long time...lovely event...creative and colorful...
    never done any carving/garnishing classes...just my passion/hobby and seeing my mom doing this love presenting as i can...wil surely try to participate as i m nt a expert in doing so.still wil give a try..can i send archived entries...

  6. Re archived entries, I would appreciate new entries as the whole concept of the event is to get people to try their hand at new things, however maybe if we permit one archived entry only and rest have to be new.I hope that is fair.

  7. wow...wonderful event...will send my entries ....

  8. Wow very creative event..happy hosting..

  9. wow nice event, count me in...

  10. That is seriously an awesome event... Very interesting.... I hope to be a part.... lemme c.... Kudos to your effort.... & Wishes....


  11. Fantastic event, dunno whether am able to make some..

  12. Wonder if I can create something.. will definately give a try!

  13. Wonderful event ....will def give it a try :)

  14. wonderful event dear.. will try to send.

  15. Gr8 event ... will send my entries soon.

  16. There seems to be some anxiety amongs bloggers with this event, please rest assure you are not expected to produce that elegantly carved melons and garnishes.The concept is to introduce every one to food art and any garnish from a simple carrot leaf to a tomato rose will be accepted.

  17. very nice and interesting event...I was always interested in this veg and fruit carving....Now its time for me to start ....will try to send entries for the ev ent,,good luck..

  18. I am going to have to think of something special to carve ;)

  19. I have never made an attempt to carve fruits n veggies.Will go thro ur tutorial and try something for the event :).Lovely theme

  20. please do check this link : it suits ur event..can i send this

  21. Ohh what a coincidence for me to post the Dhokla with tomato rose!!

    Will send in my entry for sure... Nice blog you have out here...

  22. I'm in too. Hope you like my entries:


    Happy New Year to all of you!

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