The Kids Food Festival, presented by The Creative Kitchen and in partnership with Brookfield Place and the James Beard Foundation, will an host edible Halloween kitchen crafts and a Halloween-themed interactive cooking class online for families on Saturday, October 31, 2020 between 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, as part of the BFPL Digital Halloween Bash (hosted from 10:30 PM – 12:30 PM). To join the Kids Food Festival class and to find out about other details for the BFPL Digital Halloween Bash, visit the website www.bfplny.com/Halloween!
And, folks can grab a Halloween goody bag that includes delicious Kids Food Festival treats (including some of the ingredients for the activities in the Kids Food Festival class!) between now and Saturday, October 31st! Snap a photo of the spook-tacular inflatable artwork in the Brookfield Place New York Winter Garden and post it to social media tagging @BFPLNY to redeem a goodie bag full of exciting treats from the concierge desk. (*While supplies last.)
See below for the delicious Halloween-themed goodies we will be making!
- 4 rice cakes (the Kids Food Festival loves Lundberg Rice Cakes and Stackers – found in the BFPL Digital Halloween Bash goodie bags!)
- ½ cup whipped cream cheese
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- Mixing bowl
- Pumpkin Eyes and Mouth: Handful of dried, dehydrated, or freeze-dried fruit (the Kids Food Festival loves Crispy Green Freeze Dried Fruit – found in the BFPL Digital Halloween Bash goodie bags!)
- Pumpkin Nose: red seedless grapes, halved or clementine segments
- Pumpkin Hair: shaved carrot or spiralized zucchini or beets
- In small mixing bowl, combine whipped cream cheese and pumpkin.
- Evenly divide mixture and spread on top of each rice cake.
- Use dried, dehydrated, or freeze-dried fruit to create eyes and a mouth on each cake, halved grapes or clementines to create a nose, and shaved or spiralized vegetable for hair.
To learn more about and to purchase Lundberg:
To learn more about and to purchase Crispy Green:
- 4 skewers, chopsticks, coffee stirrers or other such tool, making sure utensil is appropriately age-safe for participating children
- 8 large marshmallows
- Food coloring (the Kids Food Festival loves Color Garden Natural Food Colors, found in the BFPL Digital Halloween Bash goodie bags!)
- 1 small bowl per color being used
- 1 paintbrush per color being used
- Pour food coloring into small bowls (one bowl per color – or, mix together to create unique colors!)
- Slide two marshmallows onto skewer.
- Paint marshmallows using Food Colors and Q-tips.
- Set aside to dry.
To learn more about and to purchase Color Garden:
- Adult cutting board
- Adult knife
- Children’s cutting board (The Creative Kitchen suggests a small cutting board or reusable plastic or paper plate), 1 per child
- Children’s knife (The Creative Kitchen suggests a plastic knife for younger children, while older children may be able to use a sharper knife), 1 per child
- Large mixing bowl (The Creative Kitchen suggests individual, sealable plastic sandwich bags if individual portions are preferred – whether for hygiene or simply because little chefs enjoy creating their own!)
- Mixing spoon
- 1 pound witches hair (cooked whole wheat spaghetti – use squid ink for extra spooky witch hair!)
- Eyeballs (1 cup black olives, pitted and ½ pound mozzarella bocconcini, or ½ pound mozzarella cheese)
- Zombie fingernails (2 orange bell peppers, washed)
- 1 broomstick (zucchini or cucumber, washed)
- Skeleton Tears (1 pint orange grape tomatoes, washed)
- Olive oil, to taste
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In large mixing bowl, place cooked witches hair and set aside.
- If using bocconcini: Cut mozzarella into 1⁄4 inch pieces and slice olives and add to bowl, reserving a handful of bocconcini and a handful of olives to create eyeballs to place on top as garnish (see photo below). Alternatively – If using traditional mozzarella: dice mozzarella and slice olives. Add to bowl.
- Dice zombie fingernails and add to bowl.
- Slice broomsticks into 1⁄4 inch round slices and add to bowl. Reserve a handful of round slices for adults to create “jack-o’-lanterns” by carefully using a paring knife to carve eyes and a mouth (see photo below).
- Cut skeleton tears into quarters and add to bowl
- Add olive oil to taste and stir to combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.
- Garnish with eyeballs and jack-o’-lanterns.
- Grab a pitchfork and enjoy!
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