Food & Wine

Get your lesson June 14

Learn how easy and tasty cooking outdoors in a Dutch oven can be at a free seminar at the 2008 Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous on June 14.

The seminar will be taught by Paul Mantz-Powers and Steve Robinson, co-founders of the Northwest Dutch Oven Society. They also helped start the Three Rivers Cast Iron Cookers, the host club for the rendezvous.

The duo will discuss the nuances of cooking with Dutch ovens as well as the basic principles. They'll demonstrate a variety of dishes and participants will be able to sample the foods.

The seminar runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Sacajawea State Park, five miles southeast of Pasco.

Members of the Three Rivers Cast Iron Cookers also will be demonstrating their skills with Dutch oven cooking from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Some, like me are just beginners. Others have years and years of experience," said Liz Sapp of Pasco.

Watch them at work, ask a lot of questions and be sure to keep checking back for food samples.

To attend the seminar or watch the demonstrations you'll need a ticket to the Bluegrass Festival. Cost is $15 per person at the gate. Admission for kids 15 and under is free if accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information on the Dutch oven seminar and demonstrations, or on the Three Rivers Cast Iron Cookers group, call Sapp at 545-8024. Or go to

The Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival portion of the event runs for three days, June 13-15, at the state park. For more information on the music and vendors, go to

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