Eat, drink, and go wild at the Local Wild Food Challenge

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Last year's grand prize winner of the Wild Food Challenge, Everett Whiting. — File photo by Robert Morrison

The Local Wild Food Challenge, a culinary competition that uses wild-caught, hunted, grown or gathered ingredients from right here on the Island, will return on Monday, October 13, at 3 pm. The event will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, off the Boulevard in Edgartown. All are welcome to enter and attend.

Contestants are encouraged to bring the story of their locally sourced meal. According to the Local Wild Food Challenge website, more points are awarded for more energy expended on getting out into your natural environment and diving, fishing, foraging, hunting and gathering. The more local ingredients sourced from ocean, fields, forests, or local gardens, the more points awarded. All entries are anonymous to the judges until the final tally of scores. To register, email info@localwildfoodchallenge.com, or pick up an entry form at the venue the day of the event. Ovens, grill plates, BBQ’s, and a refrigerator will be available to finish and hold dishes.

In past years, dishes have included wild goose, squirrel, cranberries, mushrooms, crab apples, chicken of the woods, and of course, fish. Everett Whiting of West Tisbury took the grand prize in 2013.

Spectators at the event can enjoy tasting tables, interactive food demonstrations, pop-ups, and food provided by venue hosts. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar. Please register at localwildfoodchallenge.com/spectators.

For more information, email info@localwildfoodchallenge.com or visit their Facebook page.