Cook up a storm

Hundreds from around the state made the trip to Caragabal, 30 minutes from Grenfell, last weekend for the annual Caragabal Camp Oven Cook Off.

The fun event attracted "outdoor chefs" from as far as Eden, Newcastle, Sydney, Griffith, Parkes, Forbes, Cootamundra and Cowra.

Event organiser Donna Pursehouse described the event which attendance as one of the best on record with event organised "happily surprised" with the turnout.

Twenty eight caravans at the camp ground on Friday, with more turning up over the weekend.

A panel of six judges were tasked with determining the best main meals and desserts cooked up by 22 entrants.

There was no limit to what the participants could cook, as long as the dishes were cooked in a camp oven.

The entrants cooked up a variety of dishes in front of a large crowd, of between 200 to 300 people according to Mrs Pursehouse.

The winning dish in the main meal category was sticky beef ribs cooked up by Levi Payne.

The winning dessert was a dish comprised of sticky date dumplings with honeycomb crumble, vanilla bean, ice cream and butterscotch schnapps created by Erin Payne.

The winner of the Paul Harris Memorial Shield Runner Up award was Megan Croll who made a caramel and chocolate cheesecake.

Along with all the activities around the camp ovens, there was plenty of fun action at the Caragabal Sports Ground including a Billy Boiling competition for the children, a Gumboot throwing competition, tug-of-war and live music.

2021 marked the Camp Oven Cook Off's six year with the event raising just over $5,000.

Proceeds from the weekend go towards funding the insurance, maintenance and upkeep of the Caragabal Memorial Hall.