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The 2017 Wild Foods Cook-off went off with a bang! Participants really 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 DipDip and chips
  • 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 real fun began when 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. Please see Richmond County Cooperative Extension on Facebook for more photos. If you have questions about how you can get involved at next year’s event, please call Tiffanee Conrad at 997-8255.