It’s nearly that time of year again. Camping and Dutch Oven Cooking Competition at Cathedral Gorge State Park near Panaca, Nevada.
Link to the official State Park information
Actual competition cooking is on Saturday September 16, 2017
A group of us camper/Dutch Oven cooks have been attending this event for years. The rangers at this State Park make this the best cooking competition we have ever competed in. Aside from the awesome prizes the rangers solicit from supporting businesses, they just make this plain fun.
This is not IDOS sanctioned and the rules are lax. Just plain old fun! Be prepared to come up against a lot of very good cooks. The competition is tough!
Be prepared to arrive early and to stay until after dark.
Even if you don’t participate in cooking. The whole day can be taken up hiking early in the morning, then wandering around watching the cooks prepare the food. Judging and serving food to the public, is early evening.
Buy your raffles tickets and take a chance on winning prizes and supporting a great event.
Many of us start arriving Thursday and Friday to also spend a few days camping. Sites are first come first served. Though the rangers have always made room for everyone even if it means “dry camping” off the edge of the pavement near the picnic area.
This time of year expect warm days and cool nights. The Milky-way will blanket you in the sky above. The coyote’s will sing you to sleep at night.
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