Wild game cookoff set

Published 11:16 pm Friday, September 7, 2012

Get ready to get wild with your cooking as the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the Alabama National Guard Armory sponsors the annual Wild Game Cook-off on Thurs., Nov. 29.

While it may seem a little early to announce, organizers said it’s to give teams ample time to prepare for the event.

“Cook teams are needed, so grab your apron, shine up your grill and get ready to battle,” said AWF spokesperson Marla Ruskin.

Ruskin said entry for the cook teams is free, but teams must pre-register prior to the day of the event at alabamawildlife.org.

Categories include wild game, fish and fowl. Prizes will be awarded to first through third place in each division, as well as Best Overall, Best Presentation and a People’s Choice Award sponsored by the Alabama Army National Guard. The overall winner will be invited to the state finals held at Lanark in Millbrook next August to compete for the title of AWF 2013 Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion, Ruskin said.

Ruskin said those wishing to enjoy an interesting array of fare should come attend the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Covington Center Arena.

“The event will be the perfect opportunity for sportsmen and women and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy some good ol’ fashion fun and fellowship, and for backyard chefs to show off their culinary skills,” she said. “If you prefer to eat rather than compete, come sample some of the area’s best wild game dishes. Ample servings of great food are always featured, including entrees such as venison, duck, dove, pheasant and much more.”

Another major highlight of the night are the assorted raffle packages, the silent auction and live music. Tickets are available for $40 per couple at the door.  Proceeds benefit Alabama Wildlife Federation’s programs and projects. The ticket price includes one Alabama Wildlife Federation membership, a subscription to the Alabama Wildlife magazine, and all of the food you can eat, Ruskin said.

For ticket information contact Hunter Grimes at (334) 222-3123 or Maria Sloane at the Alabama Wildlife Federation at 1-800-822-WILD.