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The Southeast Camper Fall Dutch Oven Gathering is On! 10/05/2013

The Southeast Camper Dutch Oven Group would like you to join us at Kings Mountain State Park, South Carolina our Fall Dutch Oven Gathering on 10/05/2013.

We will be cooking and visiting at the Shelter #4, Continue past Shelter #1 into the next parking lot and we will be on the left. The park opens at 8 am and we plan to start around 9 am for a Meet ‘N’ Greet and make a few snacks for breakfast. We will have a Buffet Style Cast Iron potluck dinner at 4 pm.

This is NOT a competition, but a chance to show off (a little) with your cast iron cooking skills. Bring your favorite recipe and equipment to prepare your meal. We will share Good Food and Recipes at the gathering with our new friends for a day of outdoor fun.

We are the International Dutch Oven Society Chapter serving Central Piedmont of North Carolina and portions of the Midlands and Upstate of South Carolina.

All are Welcome, Stop by and say “Hello”. We look forward to meeting you.

Visit Southeast Camper’s Forum for updates. Please join the forum and let us know if you’re coming to cook with us or stopping by to visit.

There is an admission fee to the park – $2.00 for adults and $1.25 for children. (That’s a small price to pay considering what NC wants for shelter fees)

Directions to Kings Mountain State Park:

Located 14 miles N.W. of York on Hwy 161. From I-85, take exit 8, turn onto Hwy 161, towards York, go across NC/SC state line and park entrance will be on the right.

From I-77 take exit for Hwy 5 toward Rock Hill. Follow Hwy 5 through Rock Hill to York. In York, turn N onto Hwy 321, then bear left onto Hwy 161, entrance will be on the left.

Camping is available. This event is Rain or Shine, so be prepared.

I hope you can find the time to join us.


Southeast Camper Dutch Oven Group 2012

We had a very good turn out and a wonderful time at our First Annual Dutch Oven Gathering (04-28-12) at the Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina (southwest of Charlotte). You could feel it in the air that this was going to be something special, as folks arrived and started setting up their cooking area it began to take on the feel of a family reunion. The day started off cool and cloudy and stayed that way all day, but that did not dampen our spirits. We planned and made sure we had the firewood for the fireplace in the shelter.

Dutch Oven CookingWe had 13 cooks and with all our friends and family that brought our total up to 24. We got together and decided to make meal time four o’clock. This is when the real fun started. The air began to fill up with the smell of charcaol then along came the sweet aroma of casseroles and desserts. It does not get better than that.

We had so much fun we planned another one almost immediately. We scheduled our Second Dog for 07/14/12 and designated it as our Red, White and Blue DOG. The turn out was great and we were back at it without missing a beat. The friendships that we have created are growing everytime we meet.

We had six members of our group that made the trek to Cherokee, NC and into the mountains for the 6th Annual Mile High Dutch Oven Gathering (07-28-12). This was my 3rd and one of the best so far. I could not believe the spread, 30 cooks and 67 black pots. It was huge. This was the first time that the Cracker Trail (FL), Middle Tennessee (TN) and Southeast Camper (NC) Dutch Oven Groups got together. That was three International Dutch Oven Society Chapters at one Gathering.

We will wrap up our summer with a final DOG at the King Fisher Shelter at Lake Norman State Park (North of Charlotte, NC) on the last Saturday in September (09-29-12). Please visit our forum for more details and updated informations.

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Please sign up for our forum and let us know you are coming – Southeast Camper Forum – Help us get the word out and grow our membership.

Everyone is Welcome from beginners to the Old Salt, Bring your food, gear and recipes. If this is your 1st Dutch Oven Gathering you are in for real treat. We have never seen anyone one leave our Dutch Oven Gatherings hungry.

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Hope to see ya’ll soon

Dan & Katherine

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We use the smell test.
When it smells done, its done.
When it smells burnt, its burnt
When you can't smell it,
its not done.
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