The Trail Tenders will be hosting the 2nd annual Cast Iron Chef Dutch Oven Cook-off on Saturday, October 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Whether you think you have what ti takes to be the next Cast Iron Chef, or you just want to come and taste some of the best outdoor cooking in Oregon, you won’t want to miss this tasty celebration on the Oregon Trail in Baker City
If you enjoy cooking in the outdoors and would like to share your skills, join us for a fun team competition celebrating traditional open air cooking, community and locally harvested ingredients. Sign up your team at trailtenders.org or by calling 541-523-1852. Space is limited to eight teams of up to three people, and must include at least one responsible adult.
Teams will be assigned an open fire cook space at the Trail Center outdoor wagon encampment. Contestants will not know what ingredients they have to work with until the Master of Ceremonies reveals this information. When the allotted cooking time is over, teams must plate their meals for tasting by the judges. Samples will then be available for the audience to taste, and vote for the People’s Choice. Judges will proclaim one team the Cast Iron Chef Champion of 2016, an honor that comes with prizes, and a full year’s worth of bragging rights. Additional prizes will be awarded for 2nd place in each category.
There will be lots of fun outdoor activities and games for the whole family! Come try your luck at the Wagon Master & Oxen relay race, Buffalo Chip toss or make homemade ice cream. Sit a spell and visit with mountain man Joe Meek at the wagon encampment or venture inside the Center and enjoy the exhibits and documentary films.
October 8 is also a Fee Free Day at the Interpretive Center, so bring your friends and family along!
The Oregon Trail Interpretive Trail Center is located five miles east of Baker City, Oregon on Highway 86. Take Exit 302 from I-84. The Center is currently open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission for adults is $8.00; for seniors it’s $4.50; children 15 and under are admitted for free. Federal passes are accepted. Call (541) 523-1843 for updates on programs and events. For more information about the Center visit: oregontrail.blm.gov