|Date||Spring 22nd (annual)|
|Time||10:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|Special Requirements||Kitchen, Kitchen Tools|
|Prizes||Friendship Points, Farm Degree Points|
Every year on Spring 22nd, the Cooking Exhibition Festival is held in Mineral Town so the residents can show off their kitchen prowess.
The trick to winning the Cooking Exhibition comes down to just two things:
- Cook a dish within the required category (this changes every year)
- Submit whatever recipe has the highest stamina buffs for that category
This guide will cover all the things you need to know about winning the Cooking Exhibition, including the best recipes to make for each category, and how to prepare the dish in time for the festival.
You can only join the Cooking Exhibition once you’ve upgraded your house to have the kitchen, and once you have all (or most) of the kitchen utensils available in the game.
The kitchen is included with the first house remodel you can buy from Gotts. To upgrade your house, visit his workshop once you have the following items:
- 3,000 G
- 150 Lumber
- 350 Stone
The kitchen and remodel will be complete after 3 days.
Gotts also sells Refrigerators so you can keep fresh produce on hand. The normal Refrigerator will cost 2,500 G.
You don’t need to have all the utensils to succeed in the contest, but it definitely helps to have options. The kitchen equipment can be purchased from Jeff at the General Store.
|Seasoning Set||Immediately after upgrading to the Medium House||2,500 G|
|Cooking Pot||10 days after the Seasoning Set becomes available for purchase||1,000 G|
|Frying Pan||10 days after the Cooking Pot becomes available for purchase||1,200 G|
|Knife||10 days after the Frying Pan becomes available for purchase||1,500 G|
|Oven||10 days after the Knife becomes available for purchase||2,500 G|
|Rolling Pin||10 days after the Oven becomes available for purchase||750 G|
|Mixer||10 days after the Rolling Pin becomes available for purchase||1,200 G|
|Whisk||10 days after the Mixer becomes available for purchase||500 G|
It will take at least 70 days for you to collect all the kitchen tools after upgrading your house, so plan ahead for the Cooking Exhibition!
Cooking Festival Details
Enter Rose Plaza anytime between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM to start the Cooking Festival.
To get to the plaza, head east from the path above your farm until you reach the very end, and go up.
Bon Vivant will greet you as you enter, and announce the category for the year’s Cooking Exhibition.
The categories are predetermined for the first 5 years of the game. After that, they will be randomly selected:
- Year 1 – Juice
- Year 2 – Dessert
- Year 3 – Bread
- Year 4 – Udon
- Year 5 – Rice
- Year 6 onwards – Randomized
After the category is announced, you need to leave the plaza and head back to your farmhouse to cook your dish.
Note: You’ll need to return before 6:00 PM or the festival will be over.
All Recipes in Each Category
Below is a list of all specific recipes that are qualified entries for each category:
It’s noteworthy that there are certain dishes that Bon Vivant won’t accept for the Exhibition, even though they technically fall into one of the listed categories.
For example, Bon Vivant will refuse to judge Spicy Sandwiches, Stamina Booster, or Caffeine despite technically being classified as Bread or Juice.
Just to be sure, you can stick to one of the listed recipes above or bring an extra dish. Once you reenter Rose Plaza, you can’t go back to your kitchen.
The Best Recipes for Each Category
It’s definitely smart to plan ahead for the dish you’ll be submitting to the Cooking Exhibition.
Here are the best recipes under each food category with the highest stamina buffs.
|Category||Best Recipe||Stamina||Where to Learn||Ingredients Needed||Equipment Needed|
|Juice||Mixed Smoothie||+60 STA||Inspiration (Cook 5x with Milk and Fruit Juice)||Milk, Fruit Juice||Mixer|
|Dessert||Cheesecake||+50 STA||Anna’s 4th dessert class||Cheese, Egg, Milk||Pot, Whisk, Oven|
|Apple Pie||Anna’s 5th dessert class||Apple, Egg, Butter, Wheat Flour||Knife, Pot, Rolling Pin, Oven, Seasoning Set|
|Bread||Sandwich||+40 STA||4 friendship notes with Ellen||Bread, Cucumber, Tomato, Boiled Egg||Knife|
|Udon||Curry Udon||+60 STA||8th episode of the Tasty Time TV Show||Udon, Curry Powder||Cooking Pot|
|Tempura Udon||Inspiration (Cook 3x with Udon)||Udon, Tempura||Rolling Pin, Pot, Knife|
|Rice||Omelet Rice||+60 STA||Inspiration (Cook 5x with Egg and Onigiri)||Egg, Milk, Onigiri, Oil||Frying Pan|
|Matsutake Rice||10th episode of the Tasty Time TV Show||Matsutake, Onigiri||None|
After you submit your entry to Mayor Thomas, Bon Vivant will start the judging.
He will taste your dish last and then announce the winner.
Tip: When the festival is over, you can talk to Bon Vivant behind the judges’ table and give him any gifts for bonus Love Points. This is the only time you can interact with Bon Vivant for the entire year.
His favorite gift is Elli Leaves, but he also loves receiving Hot Spring Eggs or Mushroom Rice.
Prizes + Benefits
Winning the Cooking Exhibition will earn you +20 FP with all the villagers present.
And every time you win the contest, you will also earn 10 Farm Degree Points which can raise your farmer’s rank. You can check your total FD Points by opening the Farm Degree menu on the bookshelf.
Also, this festival is the only time that Bon Vivant comes to visit for the whole year. So it’s the one chance you have to impress him!
Winning the Cooking Exhibition 5 times is actually one of Bon Vivant’s requirements for marriage. So if that’s your goal, this festival is worth planning for as early as possible.