Winners announced in Richmond County Wild Foods cook-off


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Courtesy photo Tim Pattan’s Venison Swamp Dip placed first in the Big Game, Small Game, and Other Mammals category at the 2017 Wild Foods Cook-off.


ELLERBE — Organaizers of the 2017 Wild Foods Cook-off say the contest “went off with a bang!”

Participants got a chance to show off their wild cooking skills to everyone in Richmond County. The seventeenth annual Wild Game Cooking Competition was sponsored by Sandhills Rod and Gun Club, Martha Faye Crafters Club (formerly Extension Homemakers), and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. A program about wild foods of Central America was given by John Gerwin, research curator for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

The first place winners of the following 5 categories were:

Big Game, Small Game, and Other Mammals — Tim Pattan with Venison Swamp Dip

Wild Fowl, Fish, Reptiles, and Amphibians — Maggie Maier with Oriental Seasoned Coot

Wild Fruits, Nuts and Vegetation — Phyllis Strider with Wild Blueberry Cheesecake

Most Authentic — Maggie Maier with Oriental Seasoned Coot

Youth — Payton Smith with Bacon-Wrapped Dove

After the dishes were judged, the leftovers were served to the tasting party. There were 25 dishes available for 80 people to taste. The tasting party got to try unique dishes such as quail, turtle, dove, squirrel, bear, duck, rabbit and persimmons that they have never eaten before.

See Richmond County Cooperative Extension on Facebook for more photos. Anyone with questions about how to can get involved with next year’s event is encouraged to call Tiffanee Conrad at 910-997-8255.

Courtesy photo Tim Pattan’s Venison Swamp Dip placed first in the Big Game, Small Game, and Other Mammals category at the 2017 Wild Foods Cook-off.
http://yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_WILDFOOD_Pattan-swamp-dip.jpgCourtesy photo Tim Pattan’s Venison Swamp Dip placed first in the Big Game, Small Game, and Other Mammals category at the 2017 Wild Foods Cook-off.

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