Wild game cook-off is next week

Published 11:59 pm Thursday, November 26, 2009

Things are likely to get a little “wild” at the Kiwanis Community Center next week, as in “grilled dove breast wrapped in wild boar bacon,” “smoked venison with Cajun wild rice,” or flounder stuffed with Alabama wild shrimp.”

The annual Covington County AWF Wild Game Cook-off is set for 5:30 Thursday night, Dec. 3, and organizer Hunter Grimes said he expects 10 to 12 teams to cook up tasty treats for those who stop by to get a taste of the wild game.

Cooks will compete in one of three divisions, including fish, fowl and game, with first, second and third place awards presented in each division. Cook teams will also compete for a “best overall” award, and winners can advance to the state wild game cook-off next spring.

“We also have a silent auction with items for people to bid on,” Grimes said. “There also will be live entertainment.”

In the past few years, the event has drawn an average crowd of 250 people.

“Last year, it was a lot more exciting because we had more cook teams,” Grimes said.

Tickets for the event will be $35 per couple in advance and $40 at the door. The ticket price includes a one-year membership in the Alabama Wildlife Federation, a subscription to Alabama Wildlife magazine and free samples of all the wild game entries. There will be no charge for cook teams and children under the age of 15.

Tickets are available at Stokes Sporting Goods and at First South Farm Credit.

Grimes said cook teams can sign up until Dec. 1.

“We’d like to know how many teams are coming because we might need more judges,” Grimes said.

For information, or to sign up to cook, call Grimes at 222-3123.