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Egg-citing Event Coming to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center May 12

Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov

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ATHENS—We are blowing smoke: “The Mother of All Eggfests” is being held on Mother’s Day weekend 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 free for the tasting to anyone who pre-registers at http://athenseggfest.wordpress.com/. Check out the Highlights of 2011 for a video of last year’s event.

Those who do not preregister will still be allowed to taste by making a $10 donation to the Friends of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.

Regular admission to TFFC will be charged.

An Eggfest is not a cooking competition, it’s a gastronomic marathon. Food will be coming off the Eggs all day long, and while you are 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 Mother of All Eggfests is sponsored by Morrison Supply, Paragon Distributing, Brookshires Grocery and TFFC.

For information on visiting the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/tffc or call (903) 676-2277.