Win 2 tickets to the most decadent food event ever — Nicky USA’s Wild About Game!

FYI: The tickets are transferable — I will give you two free codes to use on the website so if you don’t live in the area but know someone who does, win them on their behalf…or plan a trip to Oregon — it’s beautiful here!
Devil Kreik -- Double Mountain. This is how you start the day off right at WAG!

Devil Kreik — Double Mountain. This is how you start the day off right at WAG!

I may be biased, but I feel confident in saying if you like food and live in or near Oregon, Nicky USA’s Wild About Game is the event to be at. WAG started 13 years ago as a chef appreciation party and still attracts many people who work in the culinary industry. So even though you can taste everything from local provisions (honey, oil, cheese) to game meats (elk, venison, water buffalo), it isn’t the bone-crushing cluster that many open-to-the-public food events are. I’m looking at you, Cochon 555.

I promise, you won’t have to fight through a crowd to eat foie s’mores or stand in a huge line for a 1 oz pour of beer. Instead you can just chill out with a glass of wine and a plate full of cheese, Iberico chorizo, wild boar sausage and quail tacos and enjoy the day.

This is why when I was asked if I’d like to give away two tickets to the event this fall, I jumped at the chance. It’s the meatiest, booziest and most fun food celebration I’ve ever gone to and I relish the opportunity to share the love with new people!

It’s also the reason I now work for the company who hosts it — seriously! My first WAG was 6 years ago and it’s where I met my boss and several of my current co-workers. I was won over by the absolute indulgence of the day — for me that moment was spying a smoking hot grill covered foie gras (both goose and duck) which was then set out for everyone to nibble on stuff into their mouths. It was insane! And after I ate my weight in foie gras, I sampled local wines, beer, and tons of tasty treats (pheasant, bacon, Kobe beef, quail, buffalo, etc). I get the meat sweats just remembering how much I ate.

A massive pot of foie gras up for grabs!

WAG 2011: I have fond memories of this massive pot of foie gras!

And since that year, the event has only gotten bigger and better. Last year there were people handing out samples of Iberico pork, Oregon elk, Olympic Provisions Salami, Salt & Straw ice cream made with foie gras and so much beer I thought I had died and gone to heaven. There was also a cooking competition and chef demos going on throughout the afternoon. See my post with more pics from last year here!

Elk-and-Beet Tartare with Pickled Quail Eggs -- from Chef Nathan Lockwood of Seattle's Altura

Part of the winning dish from last year’s competition: Elk-and-Beet Tartare with Pickled Quail Eggs and Watercress

This year the line-up is even more awesome — many of last year’s sponsors will be back but there will also be 100% Wagyu from Magnolia Cattle Co to taste and I’ve heard some rumors about foie gras toaster strudels. Local culinary superstars (Johnathan Sundstrom, Gabe Rucker and Vitaly Paley) will also be signing and selling their cookbooks.

WAG will be held this year at Timberline Lodge on Sept. 8. Doors open at 11:30 am and the event goes until 4pm. Tickets are currently on sale for $65 (or $75 at the door if they don’t sell out) so trust me, two free tickets will save you some serious cash!

So….how to win? Like I said, I’ve never done a giveaway before and I don’t want make you do anything too crazy so instead the rules are simple:

How to Enter

1. Like Attempts in Domesticity on Facebook (if you are already a fan, you’re just extra awesome!)
2. Leave a comment on said Facebook page describing the best game-related meal you’ve ever had
3. OR: Leave a Facebook comment about the game meat you’d most like to try! (Have a hankering to try venison hearts or squab but haven’t gotten around to it yet? Let me know!)

And that’s it! I’d like to have the contest done by Aug. 8 but I’ll see how many people enter first. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner and I’ll send you a PM if you’ve won.

Good luck food-lovers!

Iberico de Bellota Jamon

WAG 2011: Iberico de Bellota Jamon

Foie Gras S'mores

WAG 2012: Foie Gras S’mores

Quail Tacos with Chipotle Aioli

WAG 2012: Quail Tacos with Chipotle Aioli

Kobe beef tartare

WAG 2010: Mishima Ranch Kobe beef carpaccio

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6 thoughts on “Win 2 tickets to the most decadent food event ever — Nicky USA’s Wild About Game!

  1. That sounds like a great event! My experience of game meat is mainly Australia, I have had both kangaroo and crocodile among others. I would have to say Kangaroo is one of my favorite meats to use when I can. Lean, delicious and so easy to prepare. There are lots I would like to try though!

    • Kangaroo is delicious! I haven’t eaten crocodile though I’ve eaten my share of alligator. I really enjoy ostrich and emu too — very red, very lean meat. I’m a little unsure about camel though I’ve only had it once. And yes, the event is amazing! It’s a true meat extravaganza.

  2. Mmm, the thought of this event is making me very hungry! I raise domestic Coturnix quail and love their delicious dark meat. But I think my favorite game dish was an antelope carpaccio rubbed with coffee and pepper that I got at a restaurant in New Mexico. And I will eat elk all day long. How can anyone choose a favorite!? 🙂

    • oh that’s awesome. My company raises some bob whites but it’s a pretty limited production. My husband likes to chicken fry quail and it’s one of my favorite ways to eat them, a perfect combo of crunchy outside, tender inside. That antelope also sounds fantastic! I am super jealous.

  3. This sounds fantastic! I would love to go. I’ve really only tried duck-a-lami and venison but would love to try quail, rabbit, elk and pretty much everything else!

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