Would You Eat 'Burgoo,' Let Alone Go To A Festival Celebrating It?
Here’s a food festival for the person who has seen and eaten everything already. It’s the Anderson County Burgoo Festival in Kentucky, and apparently, the county is also the burgoo capital of the world. In case you didn’t knowand we definitely didn’tburgoo is a sort of stew like mixture kind of like gumbo or chili but also kind of not. It’s really popular in Kentucky and they love to throw all kinds of meat into it, whether it be pork, chicken, or mutton. We’re thinking if they had some other stuff around—like fresh opossum roadkill—that it probably could and has been included throughout the years.
At this year’s festival, we’re hoping that only the freshest ingredients are used to prepare the celebration’s namesake. This weekend from September 25 to 27, the streets come alive with the sights, smells, and sensations of the mighty burgoo. There will be plenty of music to entertain the crowds, pumpkin painting for the little burgoo fans, and a boniest knee contest. Sorry ladies, but the contest is apparently for gentleman only. So get a warm cup of the stew and grab a good spot for the tractor pull.
It’s too late to register for the cook-off, but you’ll definitely be able to sample some dishes and contribute a vote for the people’s choice award. First place gets $300, so you know this is going to be some serious competition. Just make sure that you don’t down too much Kentucky bourbon before heading out to the festival. We hear that Wild Turkey and burgoo isn’t the ideal combination for a productive afternoon—not that we’d know or anything.
Does "burgoo" sound appetizing to you? Would you hit up the Kentucky Burgoo Fest if you were in the area? Let us know in the comments!
· Anderson County Burgoo Festival [Official Site]
· Food Festivals coverage [Jaunted]