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Grilling gone wild: AWF to host cook-off

Published 12:22pm Friday, April 19, 2013

Grab your grill and your favorite wild game – the Alabama Wildlife Foundation Ninth Annual Wild Game Cook Off will be held this Saturday at the Lake Martin Amphitheater.

The event will begin at 6 p.m.

“We have cook teams come from all over,” said Christi Richardson, one of the event’s organizers. “It isn’t really professional chefs. It is people that love to hunt and fish and have a good time.”

Cook teams, consisting of four members each can compete in one of three categories – fish, fowl or game.

“The team with the best overall dish will be invited to come to the state conference in Millbrook,” Richardson said.

The event is free for cook teams, but tickets will cost $50 at the door for couples or $40 if purchased in advance.

“All the money raised will benefit the AWF to help support its outdoor classroom programs and the Alabama Nature Center,” Richardson said.

For the price of the ticket, attendees will receive food, refreshments and a one-year membership in AWF. Tickets can be purchased at Fish Tales Bait & Tackle, The Sure Shot, Abernathy Feed and Seed or by calling Richardson at 256-749-5448.

The event will also feature a band, silent auction, live auction and gun raffle.

Cook teams will need to bring everything they need to prepare their dish.

“We have some people haul Big Green Eggs out there, some people will have disposable grills and others might have a cooking trailer,” Richardson said. “You will see a little bit of everything.”

Cups, utensils, bowls and plates will be provided.

“You’ll want to get here when it opens to get the good stuff,” Richardson said.

Marla Ruskin, AWF spokesperson, said that the state conference will be held Aug. 3.

Ruskin said winners from the 13 cook-offs across the state will compete for the championship and more than just bragging rights.

“This is the one time that they will get cash prizes as well as trophies,” Ruskin said. “It will be the true best of the best.”

First, second and third place will receive $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively.


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