OUTBACK COOKING EVENTS & COMPETITIONS
All over Australia many country towns have Camp Oven Cooking competitions. They are usually held in conjunction with other programs and events held over a weekend, such as country music festivals and art exhibitions, making the whole weekend a great time to be in town. You can either become involved and compete, or simply just be an interested bystanding and maybe learn some tips on camp oven cooking.
Write these events up in your travelling itinerary. If you know of any others then let me know and I'll include them on this page!!
Outback Cooking Events
Koorlong Camp Oven Cook Off - July, Koorlong, VIC
The Koorlong Camp Oven Cook Off is held at the Koorlong Hall each year with teams competing for the coveted trophy for the best overall camp oven. From 10am-4pm, visitors will be able to experience camp oven food at its finest and given the competition will be fierce and teams are out to impress, spectators will be treated to the full camp oven experience. For more information on the Cookoff, check out their web site: http://www.koorlongcampoven.com
Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival - August, Nymboida, Clarence Valley, NSW
Besides the Camp Oven Cook Off, events include the bush poets and busking competition. Watch the experts and sample their fare, tap your toes at the bush dance, and stroll around the Growers and Craft market.
Whipcracking, 4WD and BMX demos, Dog trials, activities for the kids and much more - come and join the fun!
Small admission fee. Powered and non-powered camping sites and cabin accommodation available.
For more details, check out their web site: http://clarencevalleycampovenfestival.com
The Trundle Bush Tucker Day - Trundle, NSW - September
Situated approximately 65km North-West of Parkes, the rural community of Trundle holds the bush cook competition in the showground and it is all about creating culinary delights in traditional camp ovens over open fires. Features Bush Cooking Competitions, Bush Tucker Tasting, Boiling Billy Race, Bushman's Relay, Dog jumping, Live bands throughout the day and evening, kids corner and competitions and entertainment for the whole family. Free camping, showers and toilets on site.
For more information check out their web site at www.trundlebushtuckerday.com
They also have a Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/trundlebushtuckerday
Australian Camp Oven Festival - Millmerran, Qld - 6 to 7 October 2017
In early Octoberin Millmerran, Qld, the Australian Camp Oven Festival is a two day celebration of all things Australian! Take part in their camp oven cooking competition, enjoy live entertainment and see heritage displays, sheep shearing, damper throwing and more. There's even a 'heat beads cooking workshop'.
For all the details on this weekend go to: http://acof.com.au
They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianCampOvenFestival
Cookout Out Back - Blinmen, SA - October
The Cook Out Back is held annually in the tiny town of Blinman in the northern Flinders Ranges. The main street of the town, camp ground, and surrounding area are landscaped to suit the competitions purpose.
A giant ‘creek bed’ kitchen is created with tonnes of rocks and gravel transforming the street and adjacent hill side.
The picturesque and historic Blinman Hotel with its verandahs and characteristic front bar, will form a focus, the remaining street precinct will be the venue for exhibitions, wine tasting, food outlets, trade displays, demonstrations and live music.
You can also take a look at their web site at: www.cookoutback.com.au
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