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OUTBACK COOKING EVENTS & COMPETITIONS


 

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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!!


Koorlong Camp Oven Cook Off - Koorlong, VIC - July
Clarence Valley Camp Oven Festival - Nymboida, NSW - August
The Trundle Bush Tucker Day -
Trundle, NSW - September
The Lower Lakes Stockman's Challenge & Bush Festival & Camp Oven Bush Damper Challenge - September - Strathalbyn
Australian Camp Oven Festival - Millmerran, Qld - October
Cookout Out Back
- Blinmen, SA - October
Maffra Show Camp Oven Signature Dish Camp Oven Cook Off - Maffra, VIC - October

 


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 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

The Lower Lakes Stockman's Challenge & Bush Festival & Camp Oven Bush Damper Challenge - September - Strathalbyn
The Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival is a 3 day event held in Strathalbyn, South Australia with local and interstate competitors showcasing their skills in whip cracking, bareback obstacles, stock handling, packhorse, horse shoeing and cross country events.
There's also a Camp Oven Bush Damper Challenge.
For more information and program details, check out their web site: http://lakeschallenge.com.au
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Australian Camp Oven Festival - Millmerran, Qld - October

In early October you can try your hand and see how good a bush cook you are at the Australian Camp Oven Festival in Millmerran, at the Millmerran Showgrounds, Cecil Plains Rod, Millmerran. Qld.

The weekend program includes a Camp Oven Cooking Workshop, Poets Breakfast, Country Music, Merchandise for sale, and lots more fun to be had by all the family.

For all the details on this weekend go to: www.australiancampovenfestival.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

or www.blinmanhotel.com/

Maffra Show Camp Oven Signature Dish Camp Oven Cook Off - October, Maffra, Vic
The Signature Dish Camp Oven Cook Off is held at the Maffra Recretional Reserve as part of the Maffra Show. Visitors can experience camp oven food at its finest and the competition is fierce and the teams out to impress. Spectactors are treated to the whole camp oven experience. Teams are invited to enter the competition, and their's limited numbers. There's also the Maffra Show Camp Oven Damper Cook Off which is open to school aged children only. Check out the web site for contact details to find out more about the cookoff: http://www.maffrashow.org.au
   
   

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Want to learn more about camp oven cooking, then check out these sites, where you'll find heaps of helpful information:

http://www.campovencooking.com.au

http://www.aussiecampovencook.com

 

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