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Event Details
Malagentian Outdoor Test KitchenEvent date: May 2nd, 2020 - May 3rd, 2020
Hosted by Province of Malagentia - Pownal, ME
Event Last Modified: October 25th, 2019
 
Event details
You are cordially invited to the Second Annual 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. 

The Test Kitchen is designed to be light on structure, heavy on flexibility and fun.  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 experiment with 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. 

You are responsible for your own recipes and ingredients and gear.  Firewood is for sale at the site; please do not bring any firewood, as there are numerous ‘do not transport’ orders in Maine due to invasive pests.

You 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 several classes for those interested, including fire starting / fire building instruction, and hopefully some others centered around period food and cooking techniques.  The cooking and experimental activities will last through the morning/afternoon.  Early evening, we will hold a voluntary potluck feast, bringing together the fruits of the day’s efforts. 

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

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.  The site will be open to the public, so we may have interested folks checking us out, as well.

There is no pre-registration.  This year, we will be collecting gate fees and passing camping/day-use fees through to the State Park:

• Camping:  $22/site per day ($5 Member Discount = $17).  Each site can hold up to 6 people – all covered by this fee.
• Day use:  Adults and youth 12+:  $11 ($5 Member Discount = $6); youth under 12 – free.

Merchants dealing in wares directly related to cooking are welcome; please contact Event Steward Mat Wyck for more information.

Please see the Province of Malagentia’s Facebook page for an event listing and discussion therein.

Site Opens:  9 a.m.  Saturday
Site Closes:  11 a.m.  Sunday

Site Opens: 9 a.m.  Saturday, May 2
Site Closes: 11 a.m.  Sunday, May 3
 
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

Directions:
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: Camping:  $22/site per day ($5 Member Discount = $17).  Each site can hold up to 6 people – all covered by this fee.
• Day use:  Adults and youth 12+:  $11 ($5 Member Discount = $6); youth under 12 – free.

Feast: N/A

Make Checks Payable to: Province of Malagentia

 
Contact Information
Event Steward:
Matt Wickenheiser
Mat Wyck
Mainewick@gmail.com

Send Reservations to:
mainewick@gmail.com

Other Contact Information:
Merchants dealing in wares directly related to cooking are welcome; please contact Autocrat Mat Wyck for more information.

Parents should be advised that Bradbury State Park is *very* kid-friendly, and has a very nice playground across the street, not far from the Kitchen site.

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