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February 5, 2013

Eggfest on its way

Athens event for 2013 set for April 13 at TFFC

Athens — ATHENS—The third annual Athens Eggfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC).

An Eggfest can be thought of as the ultimate tailgate cookout: Dozens of Eggheads will fire up Big Green Eggs and bake, smoke, grill and serve everything from breakfast casseroles to pork ribs to blueberry muffins to pig candy. It will all be cooked on the iconic ceramic cookers, and samples will be available for tasting.

Regular admission to TFFC will be charged. Those who preregister will be allowed to taste for a $5 donation to the Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Persons who do not preregister can still taste by making a $10 donation to the Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center at the event entrance.

Both cooks and tasters may preregister at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/.

This year’s theme for the Athens Eggfest is “Food’s Better Outside.” An Eggfest is not a cooking competition, it’s a tasting frenzy accompanied by cooking instruction. Food will be coming off the Eggs all day long, starting with breakfast-type items in the morning and progressing to heartier foods as the day goes on. While tasting, you can learn how to cook on a Big Green Egg yourself.

At the end of the day, the once-used Eggs will be available for purchase at a substantial discount. You may reserve an Egg for purchase at the web site above. The entire line of Big Green Egg accessories will also be available for purchase.

Event staff will cool the Eggs, remove the ashes and help you load them into your pickup truck or large SUV. Eggs weigh about 150 pounds.

Founded in 1974, Big Green Egg has come to symbolize outdoor cooking. The Egg is modeled on a traditional Asian ceramic cooking concept that has become one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. barbecue industry. Originally constructed with clay, the Egg is now manufactured with space-age ceramics that make the cooker virtually indestructible under normal cooking circumstances. Headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, The Big Green Egg is available in more than 20 countries worldwide.

The Athens Eggfest is sponsored by Morrison Supply, Paragon Distributing, Brookshires Grocery and TFFC.

For information on visiting the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.

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