At the halt of the route trip: 2010 South Carolina Campground Cookoff

Every route trip needs a goal or iii or 4 as well as my most recent i led to the 2010 South Carolina Campground Cookoff at the Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area.

It was a get-go for me as well as having never been a camper had no sentiment what to expect. I'm non equally stringent equally a high schoolhouse classmate who declares she won't acquire anywhere she can't tip, but I similar my bathrooms en suite. I wondered what the nutrient would hold upward like. Wine sauced beanie-weenies to a greater extent than or less the campfire?  S'mores amongst black Belgian chocolate?

Hardly. Today's campground cooks are a sophisticated bunch as well as and thus are their RVs which create bring en suite bathrooms.

The campground is inwards an idyllic setting, wooded points overlooking the large stretch that is Lake Russell as well as the Savannah River. There are campgrounds only, no cabins or rooms.

Tip: Levelers, we're inwards the toe hills, non the foothills, as well as thus whatever swell alter inwards elevation is homo made as well as infrequent. Western South Carolina is hillier than the depression dry reason of the east, but non challenging.

There were 23 teams vying for $2,000 inwards prize coin as well as they, summation several batches of onlookers, arrived Fri afternoon as well as were treated to a alive band that night.

I spent the nighttime at Hickory Knob State Resort Park close a 25 minutes drive away. On the same lake, Hickory Knob has cabins, motel-like rooms, army camp sites, lawn tennis courts, volleyball, a pool, golf game course of pedagogy as well as several boat ramps equally good equally a guild as well as restaurant.

Cooking for the Cookoff - over forest or charcoal only, no gas grills allowed - began inwards the morning.

To continue things lively at that topographic point was a best decorated army camp contest, a kids' as well as adults parade, a marketplace where vendors of boiled peanuts, particular spits, sauces, etc. ready their wares as well as a soundless auction.

Judge Beth D'Addono
We looked, photographed, tasted as well as scored.
Judging began at 12:45 p.m. nether a large tent as well as every bite, facial expression as well as motility nosotros iii judges made was noted past times the 50 or as well as thus people sitting inwards the "audience". It must bring been fun to scout because no i left.

Emcee Jayne Scarborough kept a running commentary going, explaining the recipes used.

The nutrient was amazing. Grits were pop this year, amongst a fairly fifty-fifty mix of chicken, pork, beef as well as seafood dishes. There were 2 quail entries, 2 chicken fly entries but alone i squad cooked spareribs.

Bacon was maybe the most pop added ingredient, but many who used it liberally forgot its saltiness as well as over-salted amongst the tabular array stuff.

Having judged the South Carolina Peach-Off for several years, I was surprised to view alone iii cooks entered inwards the dessert category. Probably a skilful thing; afterward tasting 23 entrees, don't recollect nosotros judges could bring managed an equal release of desserts.

Awards were given out, soundless auction items were picked upward as well as paid for as well as the crowd ambled dorsum to their campsites.

Sitting to a greater extent than or less the unlit campfire at the campsite of friends of the organizers, watching the activeness on the beach as well as lake, comparison notes as well as anecdotes as well as imbibing inwards an adult beverage  afterward it was all over was the perfect ending.
Judges as well as friends relax as well as digest the day.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 steady breeze blew off the lake, kids fished as well as swam as well as poked to a greater extent than or less the shore, boaters motored by, nosotros laughed as well as relaxed as well as looked frontwards to side past times side year. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 lovely afterglow. I suspect the same scenario was existence played out at every other campsite.

If this sounds similar something you lot would enjoy, past times all agency sign up. It's scheduled for the tertiary weekend of September 2011 as well as campground cooks from whatever province - or dry reason for that affair - are eligible.

 You'll encounter a grouping of fun-loving people, their families as well as friends. You tin larn to a greater extent than close it at You'll detect the recipes for all of the 2010 at that topographic point besides equally good equally the overstep ones at my other blog,

Thanks to Shafer Huguley for some of the photos.

At the halt of the route trip: 2010 South Carolina Campground Cookoff