Bovinoche Whole Roasted Animal Fest in Columbia Was Rad

Tom Hall did it again.

Tom Hall in his most natural environment

The co-founder of Columbia Mardi Gras, Plowboys bandleader and avant garde Southern filmmaker -- with lawyer-ish tendencies -- brought together a killer team on Oct. 18, 2014 to execute a Midlands iteration of Jeff Bannister's Bovinoche, the legendary whole animal roast that garnered national attention (read: front page of the Wall Street Journal) when it launched in the upstate in Simpsonville.

The Midlands event was held at Hall's beautiful, historic new Magnolia Farm Lodge cultural retreat center in Ridgeway, SC (about a half hour from Columbia, SC). It's an old plantation that Hall and his family and friends have revved up into a bed and breakfast meets year-round summer camp for adults who love art, cooking, hunting, and sipping bourbon around the fire.

At Bovinoche, a big, lovely crowd feasted on pulled pork of all sorts, including a pig cooked in la caja china; roasted whole lambs; a gigantic roasted whole cow; a litany of quail, unbearably good sausages and more. Here's one great photo of the roasting carnage by Bannister. More great pics here including the giant cow, compiled by David McGowan Hicks.

There was good beer and great decor.

Live music and great friends.

Angry bakers and GREAT T-shirts.

Groovy old outdoor stoves.

And to wrap up the evening, fireside picking and grinning til the wee hours. 

One can only hope that Hall and Bannister bring it back to the Soda City area. We love our niche market food festivals, y'all.

So what's your favorite roasted beast?


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