Have you been wanting to share your father’s recipe for snake? Or maybe you’d like to serve up some armadillo stew? The annual Wild Foods Cookery Contest is your chance to share your wild game dishes and deserts.
The Sandhills Rod and Gun Club, Martha Faye Crafters Club (formerly Extension Homemakers), and Richmond County Cooperative Extension are sponsoring the thirteenth annual Wild Foods Cookery Contest, to be held March 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 133 W. Ballard St., across from the Junior High School in Ellerbe.
The categories are:
• Big Game, Small Game, and Other Mammals. Examples: deer, moose, elk, rabbit, squirrel, muskrat, beaver.
• Wild Fowl and Fish. Examples: turkey, duck, dove, salt fish, fresh fish, shrimp, lobster, reptiles and amphibians (snake, frogs, or turtle).
• Foods prepared with wild fruits, nuts and vegetation.
• Youth - 16 years of age and younger.
• Most Authentic — The dish overall that is the most “natural.” Examples: honey instead of sugar, cooked on an open fire, or using cattail flour instead of wheat flour.
Game cannot be purchased. It must be obtained legally or received as a gift. Anyone can participate. Game may be from anywhere; N.C. or out-of-state. The dish must be fully prepared. Two copies of the recipe with your name on the back are required for display with the dish for judging and for the cookbook. Prepared recipes should be able to provide 8 or more servings, as this event has attracted lots of visitors wanting a taste. Once the dish is judged, the leftovers will be used for the Tasting Party. Please bring your utensils to serve the dish.
Entries must be registered from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Judging will begin as dishes arrive. No dishes will be allowed for judging after 6:30 p.m. Sally McNeill, Union County Family and Consumer Science Agent and Registered Dietitian, will give a presentation about food preservation between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. McNeill is experienced in food preservation principles such as freezing, dehydrating, and canning.
The prizes are sponsored by the Sandhills Rod and Gun Club. The first place from categories 1-3 each will receive a prize. All youth will receive a small prize and the most authentic dish will receive a ribbon. Each dish is automatically entered into the authentic dish category. If you or a friend would like to enter your favorite recipe, call the Richmond County Cooperative Extension Center at 910-997-8255. Register no later than March 18.
If you are not preparing a dish but would like to attend this event as a visitor, there will be a $5 charge per person with children younger than 12 free. This charge will cover the costs incurred for the facility and supplies.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.