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We had a great time at the Cane Creek Campground in Waxhaw, NC. The Dutch Oven Gathering turned out better than any of us could have expected. We had 4 cooks total, along with guest eager to see what was for dinner and to learn the Art of Dutch Oven Cooking. We had folks from both North and South Carolina. Some camped out with us for the weekend, while others came to spend the day. We’re sure everyone learned something new and walked away feeling good having made new friends.
The recipes that we put together were fantastic, Meat Loaf, Chicken Pot Pie, Enchilada Casserole, Beef Stew and much more. We had 9 dishes to sample and each and everyone was very good.
This was my first Dutch Oven Gathering and I was not sure what to expect. I spent a few days before the DOG (Dutch Oven Gathering) getting my gear ready and was as excited as a kid going to Disneyland. My son came along as did an old high school friend and his son. I looked forward to spending the time with my friends and family.
The Mile High Campground has some great views and the owner was very friendly and a big part of the DOG. I’d guess their were 50 or more people including the 17 cooks. Some from the Cracker Trail Dutch Oven Group up from Florida and the Tennessee Dutch Oven Group too. I had a chance to put some faces with names and others I meet for the first time. I walked away feeling good having made new friends. The weather turned on us Friday night and most of the weekend, but it cleared out long enough for the gathering. The weather could’nt even dampen the high spirit of the group as we prepared our recipes for the big dinner.Some of the dishes included Mongolian Beef, Cabbage Casserole, Spinach Stuffed Meat Loaf, Sour Orange Cake, Banana Nut Bread, Huckleberry Pie along with Gus’s Famous Dinner Rolls. There was something for everyone. The quality and quantity of food prepared was outstanding.I think this was the only camping trip I’ve been on where I could gain weight. This turned out to be way more than I expected.
The event is always held on the last Saturday in July at the Mile High Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. I hope to see you there.