Bakken Rocks CookFest
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES
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CookFest brings industry and communities together for food and fun.
Held twice each summer in two communities impacted by development, the Bakken Rocks CookFest offers residents the opportunity to get out and learn more about the oil and gas industry, hear from industry experts, meet the employees of companies working in their area, and best of all, eat some of the best BBQ available in western North Dakota. With games and activities for kids, swag and giveaways, and live music, this free event is fun for the whole family.
24 Communities in 12 Years
The Bakken Rocks CookFest was started in 2009 when Bakken activity was just ramping up. The event has since grown to become one of the Foundation’s most popular among both community residents and industry employees and representatives. To date, the CookFest has been held in:
2009: Belden and Killdeer
2010: New Town and Tioga
2011: Crosby and Watford City
2012: Belfield and Ray
2013: Parshall and Powers Lake
2014: Dunn Center and Kenmare
2015: Alexander and South Heart
2016: Mandaree and Stanley
2017: Medora and Westhope
2018: Grenora and Twin Buttes
2019: Bowman and Van Hook
2020: Canceled due to COVID-19
2021: Arnegard and Mohall
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Our Programs and Initiatives
The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation operates several programs, events and initiatives aimed at providing and supporting education and outreach opportunities related to the oil and gas industry; developing and advancing quality of life initiatives; and, promoting and enhancing the conservation heritage of North Dakota.
BAKKEN ROCKS COOKFEST
Held in two communities each summer, this free festival offers food, music, games and activities for kids, and the opportunity to meet and learn from oil and gas companies and their employees operating in our state.
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE
Planting for the Future is a habitat and conservation program that provides trees and shrubs for large-scale planting projects to private landowners, city and county parks, and others interested in building habitat for the future.
TEACHER EDUCATION SEMINAR
This seminar offers educators the opportunity to earn continuing education credits while learning about the oil industry, touring a rig and other oilfield facilities, ideas to take back to the classroom.
NORTH DAKOTA ENERGY EDUCATION
The ND Energy Education program offers free educational tools, resources and seminars to both students and teachers to help them learn more about North Dakota's oil and natural gas industry and explore energy in STEM.
AL GOLDEN SCHOLARSHIP
Named after North Dakota oil pioneer, the Al Golden Scholarship awards a $2,000 scholarship each year to up to nine students pursuing post-secondary education or training in an energy-related field.
PICK UP THE PATCH
This award-winning program brings oil and natural gas companies and their employees together with members of the community to keep our communities and roadways clean with huge community-wide events and Adopt-a-Highway programs.
BAKKEN CLASSIC club
The Bakken Classic Club is dedicated to enhancing habitat and access to the outdoors throughout North Dakota. Members participate in the annual Bakken Classic Fishing Derby to raise money for conservation projects and partner organizations.
CHARITY & INITIATIVES
The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation continues to support and partner with charitable and civic organizations through sponsorship, in-kind assistance and contributions, volunteerism, and resource drives, and more.
Our Upcoming Events & Programs
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TUESDAY, JULY 13
Bakken Rocks CookFest | Arnegard
We’re bringing the CookFest to Arnegard’s city park on Tuesday, July 13. The Bakken Information Session will begin at 2 p.m. in the Fire Hall and the BBQ and life music will begin at 4 p.m. More Details
THURSDAY, JULY 15
Bakken Rocks CookFest | Mohall
We’re bringing the CookFest to Arnegard’s city park on Thursday, July 15. The Bakken Information Session will begin at 2 p.m. and the BBQ and life music will begin at 4 p.m. More Details
Our Sponsors and Supporters
2023 PREMIER PARTNERS
Our events and efforts aren't possible without the support of our members. Thanks to all our Premier Partners for their sponsorship! Learn more about becoming a Premier Partner here.