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COTU Southern Food Festival

From the COTU Facebook Event:

Grab your rolling pins, dust off the old family cookbooks, and call up your Great Aunt Sally for her secret ingredient list because Saturday, March 24th marks the first ever Southern Food Festival and Amateur Southern Dish Competition! 5 incredible food vendors (Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQMean BirdJake's PlaceMama J's, and Early Bird Biscuit Co.) will each show off their Southern Food Specialty with $3 small plates for you to savor while enjoying the festivities. Winners of the Amateur Southern Dish Competition will be announced and CASH PRIZES awarded at the festival. 2 amazing bands (Buckville Hootenanny and Commonwealth Bluegrass Band) + 2 special beer releases will make this a day like no other. This event will benefit the Ashland VA Rotary Club, who will hold raffles and a huge silent auction for charity and the YMCA will be on site with fun activities for kids. 

***As always, this festival is completely FREE to attend, and our outdoor biergarten is pet friendly (for friendly pets on leashes!)***


Jake's Place w/ Brunswick Stew
Mean Bird w/ Fried Chicken
Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ w/ BBQ
Mama J's w/ Fried Catfish
Early Bird Biscuit Co. w/ Biscuits

5 wonderful Southern Food vendors will come together and showcase their individual Southern Food Specialties with $3 small plates. Vendors may also offer their full menus, however pricing and quantities will be dependent upon individual vendors.


Center of the Universe is proud to present the first ever Amateur Southern Dish Competition. Do you think that you cook the best darn Southern food around? Are you ready to put your money where your mouth is?! With 10 categories (5 savory and 5 sweet) we'll make it easy for you to prove to your friends & family once and for all that you're the best there is. Categories are $5 each to enter, and you may enter as many categories as you would like. 1/2 of the entry fees will go to the charity and the other 1/2 will be offered as CASH PRIZES for the winners. The more popular a category, the higher the cash prize!

If you would like to compete in the Amateur Southern Dish Competition, please email beginning on MONDAY FEB 5th for more information. Please follow the link below for the application:

Amateur Souther Dish Application:

- Pimento Cheese
- Ham Biscuits
- Deviled Eggs
- Potato Salad
- Cornbread

- Banana Pudding
- Pecan Pie
- Cobbler
- Jam or Jelly
- Sweet Tea


......More info to come. One beer will be our brewers' take on a popular Southern beverage, and the other will be a special anniversary brew released for this special event!........


Buckville Hootenanny
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Commonwealth Bluegrass Band
5:00pm - 8:00pm


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Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:
Promote peace
Fight disease
Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
Save mothers and children
Support education
Grow local economies

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Earlier Event: March 18
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Later Event: March 31
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