MRE Cookoff at the Marine Corps Museum

National Museum of the Marine Corps Holds Tasty Fourth Annual MRE Cook-off
WHAT:           The National Museum of the Marine Corps is hosting its Fourth Annual Meal Ready-to-Eat (MRE) Cook-off at 2pm on Saturday February 4 outside the Devil Dog Diner at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The general public is encouraged to attend and watch contestants vie for the coveted Golden Canteen Cup as chefs pull two MREs from a box and combine them to create one meal for presentation to this year’s judges, the Museum’s chef and the manager from Mission BBQ in Stafford. Contestants will be adding their own special ingredients to a recipe, and all ingredients must fit into a one gallon plastic bag (approximately the size of a cargo pocket on the Marine utility uniform). 
Each MRE packs about 1200 calories, contains a main course, side dish, dessert or snack, bread, spread, beverage mix, utensils, a heater, beverage mixing bag and more. MRE’s are intended to be consumed by the military when traditional food is not readily available.
While contestant slots are full, the Cook-off staff encourages individuals or two-person teams to sign up and be placed on the waiting list. Should a contestant cancel, waitlisted participants will be notified of entry. To sign up, contact Michele Flynn at
WHERE:        National Museum of the Marine Corps
                        18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle, VA 22172
WHEN:           Saturday, February 4, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
About the National Museum of the Marine Corps
The Museum is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. It is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA and is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except December 25th.  Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 703-784-6107 or visit on the web at    
About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities. For more information, visit