a traveler, you’ve obviously opened yourself for some adventure. Just how much adventure varies from person to
person; some people choose adventurous points of interest, and others dive deep
into culinary adventures the rest of us would rather avoid. If you’re one of the latter, I have the
perfect festival for you! Imagine the delicate flavor of squirrel gravy
over biscuits, or the exotic and complex mix of aromas in a well prepared teriyaki
marinated bear (yes, “bear,” as in lions and tigers and…). This; this is the place!
Location: Pocahontas County,
Dates: Late September
Closest Big Cities: Charleston,
Star of the show: Creative cooks and
exotic meat dishes
Events: Craft show, wagon
rides, horseshoe contest, Roadkill cookoff, Youth fiddle contest, quilting,
fresh produce and flowers, canned preserves
Duration: Three days
Music: All day
Pageantry: Miss West Virginia Roadkill is crowned!
a bit saddened by the fact that I was actually in Charleston, WV two years ago
in the fall, the week before this festival was scheduled. Had I known then what I know now… You see, my
grandpa Arles was a colorful character.
He taught me how to shoot squirrels, eat Pig’s ear sandwiches, pickled
pig’s feet, turkey gizzards, and a host of other “Hillbilly Hot-dishes” that I
fondly remember. I think most of the “fondness”
of those memories comes not from the taste of the dishes, but from spending all
of that time with my grandpa and listening to him explain to me with clear
wisdom, why eggs are best cooked when you deep fry them in leftover bacon fat with
a few fresh tomato slices for color.
this festival would certainly take me away from the rigors of modern life and
slap a smile on my face, reminiscent of a more innocent time. In 2009, the Roadkill
Cook-off winners were Two Crooks and A
Cook, with their winning recipe “South-of-the-border Mishap,” with
armadillo, roadrunner and hitchhiker tacos.
This dish narrowly beat the Ridge
Runners, and their “Specialite? de
la Maison”, smeared hog with groundhog gravy. How can you beat that kind of
creativity? Roaming around the festival,
watching people in costume preparing everything from Black Bear Jerky to Frog
Leg Jambalaya, has to be a surreal experience that one wouldn’t soon forget!
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