So what exactly is Burgoo?
The Burgoo Festival is an annual street party held in the village of Utica, just a stone's throw from Starved Rock State Park. This fest features more than 90 vendors, flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other live entertainment. In it's 50 year history it's grown to be one of the biggest, and longest running, Fall Festivals in Illinois. But most importantly, it's a celebration of the stew known as Burgoo.
Burgoo is a traditional pioneer meal, a stew of sorts, that was made from a wide variety of readily available ingredients. Utica's interpretation is decidedly more culinary than it's frontier predecessor. It includes ingredients like beef, carrots, potatoes, hominy, celery, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, peppers, and other vegetables, blended with special spices and herbs, hand mixed in massive cast iron pots by dedicated volunteers.
This year's Burgoo will take place on October 12th & 13th, 2019, from 11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.
For more information, visit: www.utica-il.gov/burgoo-festival/