How to Win the Cooking Festival in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
How to Win the Cooking Festival in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

To win the cooking festival, you need to bring a recipe that corresponds to the category of food that the Gourmet announces during the festival. You need to upgrade your house and buy the kitchen and the additional utensils to win the cooking festival.

The competition area in Rose Square | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
The competition area in Rose Square

To join the festival, go to Rose Square on the 22nd of spring between 10:00 AM and 11:59 AM. The Gourmet will tell you the theme for the festival. Head back home and cook a dish, return to Rose Square and give the dish to Mayor Thomas.

Food Categories

The Gourmet announces the theme for the cooking festival | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
The Gourmet announces the theme for the cooking festival

There are five categories for the cooking festival. The categories are tied to a certain year, but after that, it is completely random.

  • Year 1: Juice
  • Year 2: Dessert
  • Year 3: Bread
  • Year 4: Noodles
  • Year 5: Rice

Recipes

Give the cooked dish to Mayor Thomas to start the judging | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Give the cooked dish to Mayor Thomas to start the judging

The kitchen is essential in winning the festival, because you can make your own variation of a recipe and add more ingredients. Adding more ingredients to a recipe increases your chances of winning the cooking festival.

If you join the festival with a dish that’s different from the theme, you’ll get disqualified. For example, you can enter with a rice recipe for a juice themed festival, but the Gourmet will get mad and disqualify you.

Check our guide on all the recipes in the game here: Recipe Guide for Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

Year 1: Juice

Best Recipe: Fruit Latte and Relaxation Tea

Accepted Recipes: Wild Grape Juice, Veggie Juice, Mixed Juice, Mixed Latte, Strawberry Milk, Tomato Juice, Pineapple Juice, Grape Juice 

Year 2: Dessert

Best Recipe: Cake (any), Chocolate Cake, Cheesecake, Apple Pie

Accepted Recipes: Cheese Fondue, Savory Pancake, Pumpkin Pudding, Pudding, Apple Souffle, Ice Cream, Pancake, Candied Potato, Moon Dumpling, Chocolate Cookies, Cookies, Sweet Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Year 3: Bread

Best Recipe: Sandwich

Accepted Recipes: Jam Bun, Dinner Roll, Raisin Bread, Curry Bread, Toast, French Toast

Year 4: Noodles

Best Recipe: Fried Noodles

Accepted Recipes: Noodles, Curry Noodles, Tempura Noodles, Fried Noodles, Noodles w/ Tempura

Year 5: Rice

Best Recipe: Fried Rice

Accepted Recipes: Mushroom Rice, Truffle Rice, Toasted Rice Ball, Rice Gruel, Tempura Rice, Egg Over Rice, Chirashi Sushi

Additional Tips

The player wins the cooking contest | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
The player wins the cooking contest
  • Start collecting food for the next cooking festival, because some ingredients only grow during a specific season. For example, if you want to make a recipe that requires tomatoes or corn, plant them during summer and store some in your refrigerator for the festival.
  • You can join the festival with the chocolate cake that you receive from the girls during the Winter Thanksgiving Festival. Make sure the category for the year is desserts before you use it.
  • You don’t win anything from this festival, but it’s fun to join and you get to hang out with the other townspeople.