14th Annual

Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
Badu Park on the Llano River

Llano, Texas

October 19-20, 2018

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2015: Named “Best  Chuck Wagon Event
by American Chuck Wagon Association

2014: True West Magazine’s Reader’s Choice for
Best Chuck Wagon Cook-off


Starting in 2005, and each year since, a group of chuck wagon enthusiasts get together on the banks of the Llano River in Llano, Texas and go back in time to an era when the west was settled.These enthusiasts use traditional cooking methods from that era, wear traditional dress and experience traditional neighborly fun as they compete for prizes in a number of categories.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Noon – Wagons arrive and set up

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Morning – Wagons must be set up

Noon – Wagon Authenticity Judging (can begin earlier if wagon is ready)

Afternoon – Continue Authenticity Judging

Afternoon – Cook Teams receive food supplies

6:00 pm – Host Wagon Dinner for Wagon Teams, Sponsors, VIP’s and invited guests only

7:00 pm – Live music

Saturday, October 21st – The competing teams begin preparing some of the tastiest chuck wagon fare imaginable!

                    10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Live music

                    Noon – Food is sent to the judges

                    Noon – Public meal is served

                    3:00 pm – Announcement of Results

ALL DAY – Live music at Badu Park

Sunday, October 22nd

8:00 am – Cowboy Church followed by a free Biscuits and Gravy cowboy breakfast and live music. Donations accepted.