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Event Details
The Great Malagentian Outdoor Test KitchenEvent date: May 4th, 2019 - May 5th, 2019
Hosted by Province of Malagentia - Pownal, ME
Event Last Modified: January 28th, 2019
Event details
You are cordially invited to the first Great Malagentian Outdoor Test Kitchen, your ideal opportunity to take a recipe or two and experiment during the day over a fire with how to make it work – and learn from everybody else who is doing the same! 

This event is being held at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine, about 30 minutes north of Portland and just outside of Freeport. 

Want to learn how to roast a rabbit over a spit? Buy a few from a local butcher, research the techniques and come to this event with the plan to do several during the course of a day.  Want to learn how to cook stew, or biscuits, or whatever tickles your fancy over an open fire? Do some research, get the materials and bring them to this event.  Want to learn exactly what sort of wood needs to be used to make a perfect coal fire? How does cherry wood or apple wood change the taste of your meal? Bring several types and experiment!

Attendees are responsible for their own recipes and ingredients and gear.  Firewood is for sale at the site; please do not bring any firewood into Maine.  Any specialty firewood should be acquired in-state, as well.

Attendees will also be able to visit the varied close campsites and learn about the recipes and techniques being experimented with.  Everyone is encouraged to bring copies of recipes, directions, research, so they can be shared out and knowledge gained. 

The day will start with fire starting / fire building classes for those interested; the cooking and experimental activities will last through the morning/afternoon.  Early evening, we will hold a voluntary “round the world” campsite feast, where you can visit each participating site and sample the day’s efforts. 

Attendees are encouraged to camp overnight Saturday, but day-tripping is fine.  Sunday morning will feature a garbed hike up Bradbury Mountain (a hill with modest ambitions, really) with a bit of fencing at the top likely.

The overall goal here is to help people get some outdoor, fire-pit cooking skills that they can use at other events.  We encourage period tents, but they are not required at all.  Folks can camp in lean-tos, or in modern tents, or in period shelters, if they have them.  We plan to be light on structure, heavy on flexibility.  The site will be open to the public, so we may have interested folks checking us out, as well.

We are concentrating the activities in campsites 2M to 19X (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.) If you plan on camping, please try to reserve one of those sites; up to six people are allowed to camp at each site, and the cost is $16.35/night.  Note:  Maine State Park reservations online open Feb.  5.

There is no site fee; however Bradbury State Park does charge a day fee, and camping reservations also have a minimal fee.  All park information (including camping reservations) can be found here:  https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=12 .

Site Opens: 9 a.m.  Saturday
Site Closes: 11 a.m.  Sunday
Event Location
Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME  04069
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The event site is accessible per the East Kingdom Accessibility Porter's Checklist

In Pownal, five miles from the Freeport-Durham Exit 22 off U.S.  I-295.  From Exit 22 head west and make a left onto Durham Road. 

Follow this road (It will become Pownal Rd., then Elmwood Rd.) to the blinking light at the intersection of Route 9 and Elmwood Road.  Turn right onto Route 9.  The park entrance is a few minutes drive; on the left (west) side of Route 9.

Registration Fees
Registration: No site fees - State Park Day Fees and Camping Fees in effect.

Feast: N/A

Make Checks Payable to: State of Maine

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Matt Wickenheiser
AKA - Mat Wyck

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