Here’s a quick update I received from Dave about this years Mile High Dutch Oven Gathering up in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Cherokee and Maggie Valley, North Carolina.
Greetings one and all
Summer is almost here and I’ve got the Mile High DOG on my mind (sounds like the start to a country tune, lol!) Plans are well underway for the 6th Annual Mile High DOG, which is always the last Saturday in July. This year that is July 28th. So far we’ve got an 8” and a 12” deep Dutch oven we are giving way. I’ve also picked up some antique cast Iron, skillets and a fryer, which we will be throwing into the door prize pile.
The campground is now officially open and taking reservations. For those of you that made reservations last year, Glen did say he would provide you with a Mile High DOG shirt. I’ve got the first proof done and plan to show it to Glen when I get to the mountain in the middle of June. I’ve also posted the new poster for the events on my blog spot. I’ll try to get a hold of Jody and see if she can’t post them to the Mile High Site.
Hope to see y’all there.
Here are links for more information about the Mile High Dog.
I’ve made my reservations and I’m ready to go. The campground will fill up for this and will have about 20+ cooks and 40+ black pots. Its a full day DOG with a group breakfast, demo’s in the afternoon and a major league supper.
Here’s a link to last years Mile High Dutch Oven Gathering, This one should be bigger. There will be 3 IDOS Chapters in one spot: Cracker Trail from FLA, Middle Tennessee and Southeast Camper.
Revervations can be made here:
Hope to see ya’ll there.
We arrived at Kings Mountain State Park for our Dutch Oven Gathering a little before 9:00 a.m. We were wondering what the weather was going to do? We expected the sun to come out and be on the warm side. Well, we were wrong, the day stayed overcast and cool which keep it comfortable for outdoor cooking.
Soon everyone began rolling in and the area around the shelter was a buzz with friends that we had not seen since the fall gathering. It’s enjoyable to see everyone and hear the sound of friendship as we put up our canopies and set up our cooking area. We were not there long when we started smelling food as some started making snacks before preparing thier main dishes.
We had 13 Dutch Oven Cooks preparing 18 black pots. Some of the recipes included Coca Cola Chicken, Cilantro Lime Pork Tacos, Black Beans, Sausage and Chicken Gumbo, Southwest Venison Pie, Pork Chops with Apple Stuffing along with many more. We cannot forget the desserts: Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Peach Cobbler, Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake, Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings (yum) and a Butterscotch Rum Bunt Cake.
Along with the cooks, family and friends we had more than 30 folks for a fun afternoon in the park. We had a slow steady stream of campers coming to see what was going on and all saying the same thing “We could smell the food, so we came to see what you were doing”. We were very happen to have them.
Our day was made when the park manager stopped by, he was excited to see what we were doing and asked if we would be interested in doing this on a semi-annual basis. He mentioned that he could help promote our group and provide a shelter which in turn helps him fill the campground. I think that is a Win Win situation for all.
Josh made a video of the Dutch Oven Gathering and I want to thank him for that. I want to thank Penny for more amazing pictures too. I want to put a BIG SHOUT OUT to everyone that came, ya’ll are the best.
Here’s a link to more info about about group, Enjoy.
Southeast Camper Video – Courtesy of Josh.
Overall, I think this was the best Dutch Oven Gathering we’ve had and we look forward too many more.
Dan & Katherine