COMPETITORS were cooking with coal on October 28 at the Redesdale camp oven cook-off.
It was the very first cook-off held by the Redesdale CFA in an effort to raise money for the brigade.
CFA volunteers were on duty first thing Saturday morning at Agnes Mudford reserve getting the coals ready for what was sure to be a heated competition.
The seven teams from around the Bendigo area took to their ovens at 10.30am to see who could cook their way to victory and boast having the roast with the most.
Redesdale CFA member Andrew Campbell said the cook-off was a major event for the Redesdale brigade, which needs funds to meet the local brigade costs.
Local wine and olive producers, food and coffee vans, live music and an art exhibition provided visitors with a variety of activities to fill in their afternoon at the recreation reserve.
Visitors to the festival included Lancefield’s Bronte Mullins and Chris Gadsden, who said they were keen to cook in next year’s competition.
‘‘It’s a great family event, we heard about the cook-off from our Redesdale friends but it was too late to enter a team for this year,’’ said Ms Mullins.
‘‘We’ll be back again next year with a cooking team. While it’s fun to watch, it’ll be better to compete.’’