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Feb 10, 2012 04:30 PM

Fire-roasted whole cow, and more

Anybody familiar with last year's Bovinova, an event where they roasted a whole cow over an open fire? Well, it looks like Bovinova 2.0 is in the works! I've been told that another whole cow will be cooked, along with llama, goat, turkey and chicken. I wasn't able to make it last year, but I want to try for this one. Tickets will be available, and the proceeds will benefit Wounded Warriors, as well as a rape crisis center and a local college.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, search here on Chowhound. I'm pretty sure that you will find some posts about the event from last year. If you Google it, there is also a great article from the Wall Street Journal .

I found a website, but it's not yet complete. I signed up to get more info as it comes available.
If anyone from here attended last time, please tell me what you thought of it!

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  1. That's JB Bannister in South Carolina. Quite a character. I shared my successes and failures with him of an ox roast I hosted years ago while he was in his planning stages, and he went on to build a roasting contraption unlike any the world has ever seen. He had crappy weather for the Bovina; odds are with him for better conditions for the sequel.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Yeah, I've seen some pics, and caught some of the webcam stuff last year. That was quite a rig! As for the storm that blew in, yikes. I agree, he should be able to plan on better conditions this time. I hope it comes off great this time. I'd guess that experiences from last time will help them a lot with the cooking this time. Oh, I forgot to mention that the date for this one is set for May 19th.
      I'm guessing that you are near him then, Veggo. Are you hoping to attend?

      1. re: Cheez62

        If he invites me. I move around a lot.

    2. I'm sorry but I have a problem with them cooking a llama. WHY? Just to have a different sort of animal? Trying to be "exotic" with the choice of meats?

      I wouldn't go to what sounds like could be a great fund raising event just because of this. Maybe it should be reconsidered.

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      1. re: Jeanne

        You could replace the llama with five hundred guinea pigs. Just as traditional.

        1. re: Jeanne

          I perhaps can understand your aversion to the llama. but I will say that I don't share it. It is just another domesticated farm animal. Granted, I've never been somewhere where it was offered, but that alone doesn't make it too odd to me. I was well into adulthood before I even knew that people ate goat, for example. I''ve enjoyed it a few times. Ostrich and alligator are a couple others that come to mind. I say bring on the llama, I want to try it!

          1. Llama is not really even considered that exotic anymore. It is a grass fed, pack animal. We don't mix the meets so everyone has a chance to try something new or different.

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            1. re: JB BANNISTER

              If you don't want it, don't eat it.

              JB, I'm in!

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                Me too!

                I kind of forgot to follow the event last year in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Looking at the reports now I am blown away by the energy and effort that went into it.

                1. re: meatn3

                  It is my understanding that we will have multiple web cams of the event this year.

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              1. Can't understand why anyone would have a problem with Llama, people have been raising them in the U.S. for a long time (see Napolean Dynamite) and there's not a heck of a lot else they are good for.

                Just an overgrown sheep.

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                1. re: redfish62

                  disagree! they are also an excellent guard animal and are used to protect herd animals from coyotes and wild dogs. some people like to dress them in clothes and use them as a show animal, but that's not my thing.

                  but they are tasty.

                  1. re: soupkitten

                    They are great guard animals. I think they don't sleep very much so they can wake of the dogs and guinie hens and everybody else in the house.

                    I think dressing animals in cute cloths is more cruel than eating them.

                    1. re: JB BANNISTER

                      ha! apparently the llama's long neck/height is intimidating to canines, even in small packs. here is a vid from my local state fair w llamas in costume (the horror!)