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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.

            2. 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!)


              2. I would love an invite; I've been drooling since I read about last year :)

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                1. re: Sofiasmommy

                  Get on the mailing list at bovinovaDOTcom.

                    1. re: meatn3

                      May 19 unless there is really bad weather then it will be the follow Saturday.

                2. I'm so excited that your big day is quickly approaching!!! How many on the books??

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                  1. re: Sofiasmommy

                    We should be arounf 1987 lbs of meat. We are cutting off ticket sales at 600. We are being courted about a being on TV. We are on track. The eventbright should be up soon. This year it is not a free event as we are raising money to benifit a local college and Wounded Warrior Project. The Llama and cow are in custody, the band is booked. I hope this will be a great event.

                  2. Got my email notification that tickets are available! Get yours before they're gone!

                    1. Am looking forward to going this year - what's the policy on alcoholic beverages?

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                      1. This is happening again for the third time on May 10th and 11th!

                        I'm fortunate enough to be playing in the band for the 3rd year, and heck, this year, there's even more entertainment, such as The Piedmont Boys joining us too!

                        Emu will be served!

                        A HUGE paella too! Like 50 inches across!!!!

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                        1. re: JohnMHoyt

                          Yeah, his paella pan looks amazing! That alone should be worth the trip!

                            1. re: JB BANNISTER

                              I suspect you'll be easy to spot! I'm curious who else I might run into...perhaps we need a CH flag?

                          1. We also did a calf. Here is a pic of the Saturday cow.

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                            1. re: JB BANNISTER

                              What a cool event! I had an amazing time over the two days.

                              The founders of this event are my heroes. They really know what they are doing!

                            2. Now that I figured out how to upload photo's I thought I'd add some from Bovinova 2013! All are of the cooking area.

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                              1. re: meatn3

                                Ahhh, I see you were one of the all nighters, nice shots! I'm starting to wonder why this year, most of the pics I'm in are of my back side. :)

                                1. re: Sporter99

                                  These were from my cell phone. I have quite a few on my camera that I have to go through, so there may be a glamor shot out there yet!