North Dakota is known for its variety of game for hunting, and now local airmen are getting a chance to try that “local cuisine” for the first time.
The smells of duck, venison, pheasant and more fill the air as both airmen and civilians gather for the 54th annual Sportsmen’s Feed.
“Basically foods that are, I guess, comfort foods and they enjoy it, you know? We have the sausage and we have gizzards and we have salmon and we have all the finger food they want to eat,” says Gary Brevig, Head Chef.
The event started as a way to introduce airmen new to the area, to the game of North Dakota and also to other members of the community.
“I think that this opportunity to hang out and meet people and hear stories, because there are a lot of people that have been here a lot longer than me and just hearing how they enjoy their time here in Minot and enjoy their time in the community, so I think that’s pretty fun,” says Juan Marquez, Airman First Class.
It’s one of the few times civilians can visit the Air Force Base, and each food ticket they buy sponsors a meal for an airman.
“I was just told by some of the community, like, that they come in and enjoy exotic food and I thought that was kind of cool, and I was like “Yeah, let’s try it.” You know? Let’s give it a shot,” says Marquez.
Airman First Class Marquez was recently stationed here at Minot Air Force Base and considers himself a foodie.
“You try to get a new taste, right? Like something that you can enjoy, that talk about and share, and so it’s fun to try something like this because everyone cooks something kind of different,” says Marquez.
And he wasn’t alone in wanting to try new things.
“I tried the gizzard! And I really like it,” says Kat Smith, Attendee. “It’s a little chewy, but it’s really good.”
Staying warm with good food and company.
After the event, any leftover food is donated to the Minot Soup Kitchen so that nothing goes to waste.