Pigeon Forge invites Western lifestyle enthusiasts, foodies
and those in search of a hearty meal to the new Chuck Wagon Cook Off competition
featuring Food Network star Kent Rollins on Saturday, March 4.
Lunch, consisting of from-scratch dishes prepared for the
competition, will be served at noon. Tickets are $12.50 each and may be
purchased onsite or online at http://mypf.social/chuckwagoncookoff.
“Great food and the chance to observe and interact with our
chuck wagon cooks makes our Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff not only unique
but educational,” said Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism Leon Downey.
“Whether you’re in search of a delicious meal or want to learn more about the
American West, the cookoff lets you get up-close and experience something
Chuck wagons will gather at Clabough’s
Campground (405 Wears Valley Road) for this one-of-a-kind outdoor cooking
event. Long before today’s food truck craze treated foodies to impromptu
kitchens on wheels, early American chuck wagons fed hungry cowboys on the open
prairies during cattle drives. Chuck wagon cooks, or cookies, as they are
known, rely on simple ingredients to guide their menus and fire to power their
Chuck wagon cook-offs aid in the preservation of cattle drive
trail days as well as ensuring the authentic reproduction of the mobile
kitchens. The competition includes cash prizes for most authentic wagon and
awards in various food categories, including meat, potatoes, bread, beans and
dessert. All food items must be prepared onsite and using ingredients provided
to the cooking teams. Condiments may be used at the cook’s discretion. Prohibited
ingredients are announced prior to the competition.
The day also includes several free activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: an
old-time Western Buckaroo Roundup for children of all ages featuring Cal
Farley’s Boys Ranch; roving cowboy lookalikes from the Golden Age of cinema,
and Sisters on the Fly, the largest women’s outdoor adventure group in the
country, with free tours of their Cowgirl Caravan of vintage trailers; and Western
poetry and music featuring Andy Nelson and Marshal Andy & the Riders of the
Silver Screen Band from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, features the
Chuck Wagon Breakfast and Cowboy Church at Stages West (2765 Parkway).
Breakfast is prepared by Kent and Shannon Rollins of Red River Ranch Chuck