Enter Sunset’s One-Block Party Contest

March 8, 2011 | By | Comments (10)

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 We’re inviting all of you. Read on for details…


The One-Block Feast, our book based on this blog, gives you everything you need to grow a summer feast. It includes planting plans, gardening advice, and food project guides (how to make vinegar, raisebees for honey, brew beer, and more), plus over 100 recipes.

Obf-book-cover-l Here’s the challenge: With the book as your guide, you and your family, and/or friends and neighbors, will grow a summer garden, following our plan—or planting whatever grows best in your area. Then you’ll throw a block party for yourselves, using (as much as possible) only what you’ve raised or made. For a preview of the book, which comes out March 22, visit our website.

We’ll tell your story and feature you in an upcoming issue of Sunset as well as on our blog. You’ll also get $500 cash to spend however you like.


Send us a brief paragraph about why you’d like to enter this contest, plus a list of:

Plants you’ll grow
Food projects you’ll take on
Recipes (original) you plan to make for your party
Names of those who’ll be involved in the project

Include a contact name, address, email, and phone. Then send your entry to oneblockparty@sunset.com or Sunset magazine, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025 (attention: One-Block Party).

We’ll choose 10 finalists by April 8 and send each group a book (additional copies will be available for $10, a significant discount off the cover price of $24.95). Then it’s Go Time in your gardens!


Give your group a name.
Take a few photos (preferably date-stamped) of your garden (or gardens, if you’re doing this with       neighbors or friends) on planting day, then every month until harvest. Same for any projects you take     on. Add video too, if you like.
Create original recipes for the party, take a picture of each, and write down its recipe.
Take photos and/or videos of your One-Block Party.

By September 25, send us all of the above materials by email or post (same address as above). The winner will be announced on October 2, 2011 as part of the culmination of our Savor the Central Coast event near San Luis Obispo, CA.

Good luck!





  1. jane levy

    I’m disappointed that I had my recipe in the magazine and was promised $250.00 for it. I have never received it and am losing faith.

    July 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm
    • Aislyn Greene

      Hi Jane, thanks for letting us know. We’ll look in to it. Can you tell us which issue your recipe was published in?

      blog editor

      July 29, 2013 at 10:30 am
  2. Robert Weaver

    Block party in the house !!!!!!!! Or on the block !!!!!!

    September 10, 2011 at 6:38 am
  3. william mckinley

    id like the church where im attending to look this over since they are hosting a foodbank this might be a great help

    May 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm
  4. Margo True

    Hi Kim,

    Love the idea of your getting the kids involved! Yes, some of the produce can pre-exist. No worries.

    And Becca, for the initial entry, all we need are recipe titles. But they should be for original recipes. So, in other words, they can be what you’re hoping to make.

    March 30, 2011 at 4:48 am
  5. becca

    Quick question…
    The entry rules ask for original recipes, and then the rules for finalists say “create original recipes”. Do you expect a developed recipe with our entry – or just the dishes we hope to make? Thanks!

    March 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm
  6. Kim

    I would love to do this with the kids in my neighborhood! I already have a garden, which I can expand with the kids. Is it okay if some of the produce is already planted, and we just add new beds and new plants together?

    March 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  7. Margo True

    Mary, that’s fantastic. I’ll be looking for your entry in our oneblockparty mailbox!

    And Jo, I believe strongly in the healing powers of gardening. To watch anything grow helps, even in a very small way. Good luck to you and your son.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:53 am
  8. Mary Platis

    This is amazing! I was planning an exact party in the park myself, without knowing about this book and contest.
    What is next? Taking out my camera and shooting my party!
    Happy Gardening,

    March 17, 2011 at 12:46 am
  9. Jo Evans

    i would like to grow a garden for therapy. my son is very sick.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

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