Chuckwagon Cookoff in Tennessee
Six authentic chuckwagons will bring the flavor of the Old West to East Tennessee when they roll in to Pigeon Forge for the annual chuckwagon cookoff on February 26, 2011, Road Trips Foodies.
The cookoff, sponsored by the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association, is part of Saddle Up!, a four-day celebration of the American West set for February 24-27, 2011. In addition to the cookoff, the festival features concerts of Western music, cowboy poetry and other activities.
For the competition, each chuckwagon team will prepare chicken-fried steaks, potatoes, beans, bread, cornbread and fruit cobblers. They’ll judged on individual food categories and on the authenticity of wagons and camp set-ups. The teams and wagons travel to Pigeon Forge from Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, carrying names such Grumpy’s Grub, Cow Camp, Ramblin’ Rose, Fairplay Cattle Co., Double X Ranch and Wish Bone.
The chuckwagon cookoff is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. February 26 at Clabough’s Campground on Wears Valley Road. There’s no fee to inspect the chuckwagon camps and observe the cooking. Once the judging is complete, lunch will be available for $10 per plate and served from individual wagons. Tickets will be sold on site the day of the cookoff.
Visitors can get a sneak preview of chuckwagon cooking on February 24 at Old Mill Square, when champion cook Kent Rollins will prepare and dish up free samples of Dutch-oven cornbread from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rollins recently was featured on the popular Food Network show, “Throwdown With Bobby Flay.”
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(Photo courtesy of MyPigeonForge.com)