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Huge turnout to find Bourke’s best smoking and camp oven cooks


Former Bourke man Graeme “Frog’ Delaney (on right) is Bourke’s Champion Camp Oven Cook. Graeme is receiving his trophy from sponsor Jarrod Willoughby and organiser Ernie Delany. Photo TWH

The inaugural Bourke Camp Oven and Smoking Cook Off was a resounding success, with more than 300 people turning up at the Port of Bourke Hotel on Saturday as spectators or competitors.

One thing was certain - it was an event that sent the taste buds into overdrive, with some mouth-watering entries tempting the judges and some very happy customers enjoying the spoils.

Ernie Delany from Bourke’s Butchery was the driving force behind the event and said it was such a big success that plans are already underway for next year’s contest.

“It was a fantastic day, better than we imagined,” Ernie said.

“There were so many people helping out, a huge crowd there supporting it and yes, we are definitely going to make this an annual event.

“I really want to give a big shout out to the community for coming out to support this inaugural event and for everyone who helped make it happen.

“It didn’t happen by itself - and my butcher shop team were unbelievable – Jono Whitbread, Tyrone Sutton, Darren Milgate, Callum Driscoll, Peta Rollans, Monique Dixon, and Tanya Demmery. […]

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