Fiddlers’ Frolic - Fiddlers, other instrumentalists and those who like to listen to good, toe-tapping fiddle music are invited to the Fiddlers’ Frolic during the Festival, in the West Plains Civic Center theater. The Fidders’ Frolic gives participating fiddlers an opportunity to select and lead tunes in an open jam session. It focuses principally on traditional fiddling found in this region, but “traditional” is defined broadly and flexibly, coordinator Matt Meacham said, and fiddlers of all backgrounds, stylistic orientations and skill levels are welcome to participate.
One of the goals of the Fiddlers’ Frolic is to help conserve and perpetuate old-time tunes and techniques and fiddlers of all kinds are encouraged to join in. Banjoists, guitarists and other instrumentalists are welcome to provide accompaniment.
For more information about The Fiddlers' Frolic, contact Meacham at 417-372-3177 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the West Plains Council on the Arts at 417-255-1813 or email: email@example.com
11th Annual "What's Cookin' Stage"
The Cookin' Stage presents "old time" dishes along with stories about how they were prepared, and in some cases, why they were prepared. In the past, demonstrators have used recipes handed down through generations to show festival goers how to create such traditional Ozark dishes as blackberry and peach cobblers, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, chocolate gravy, fresh-churned butter, jams and jellies, homemade bread and donuts, a Dutch oven breakfast, even the rendering of lard, a staple of old-time cooking.
The stage also has featured recipes using wild game, but none have become more synonymous with the festival than West Plains' resident Pauline Anderson's recipe for squirrel pot pie. Since its introduction to the stage in 2009, festival goers have clamored for a taste and repeatedly asked for its return to the menu every year since! It even garnered praise from Chef Anthony Bourdain, who featured it on his Travel Channel show "No Reservations" during a season seven visit to the Ozarks. Harden said the featured recipe was "Squirrel Pot Pie."
- Samples of all the food made at the stage are offered free of charge to festival goers.
- Watch step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a favorite recipe.
- Any and all questions about the dishes will be answered.
Stories are gathered from presenters and the audience (as cooking and eating samples always prompts discussions.)
4th Annual Dutch Oven Cooking Competition
The competition is sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Long Rifles. Seasoned masters of Ozarks Dutch Oven cookery will be asked to try their hand at main dishes and/or desserts made from scratch in this annual event, organizers said. There will be no entry fee for participants. The competition will be held in and around the club's living history area near the front of the civic center. Prizes will be awarded to first,second and third place finishers. Audience members are encouraged to sample the chefs' results following the awards ceremony. Contact Harry McKee at (417) 372-3275 for more information about this event and how to enter. Click here for the Dutch Oven Entry form.
Quilt Show - June 19-20, 9 am-7 pm. Some of the most beautiful and practical items of Ozark Life will once again be on display in Magnolia Room of the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis Street.