Camping & Cooking
The event fees do not cover food, so you’ll have to pack your own.
We encourage folks to bring mostly food that requires minimal preparation and can be eaten “on the go” as WS is a busy weekend! We suggest that you pack food such as sandwich fixings, granola bars, fruit, cheese, trail mix, and other easy but filling items.
The fire in the keyhole pit can be used for cooking, just check in with the firekeeper first. We do have the fire pit alight in the evening on Friday, all day on Saturday and for the morning and afternoon on Sunday as well. There’s usually a few extra fire friendly pots and pans, a kettle and so forth available to use, if you do not have your own. Otherwise people use their own camp stoves, there’s usually a spare one kicking around for people to use if they need one.
A few other things you should know:
The fry truck (YAG) is not usually open during WS, but sometimes they do open for breakfast and coffee. They are cash only.
There is a grocery store just 10 minutes down the road from the campground, as well as a liquor store and beer store etc, in the town of Eganville.
There is bagged ice for coolers sold at the campground or at the grocery store.
Some campsites have power for those who wish to plug in a trailer with a fridge or or folks who wish to use a crockpot.
We do not stay up until stupid o’clock during this intensive, so pack some booze if you wish, but not a lot! One really doesn’t want to go into an ecstatic ritual or workshop with a hangover.
The squirrels are assholes. They will attempt to steal your food, even toothpaste and shampoo. This is black bear country, keep everything remotely edible stored in a properly sealed cooler or tub.
Potluck Cauldron Feast
At WS, we prepare a Cauldron Feast together on the Saturday for a late lunch.
WS had nearly 100 people last year. This exponential growth makes our traditional Stone Soup no longer feasible, so as a change from previous years we will be having a potluck feast on the Saturday for lunch, which hopefully leaves enough for everyone to have dinner on Saturday. This should mean there is enough for everyone, so long as everyone brings something.
We ask you to help us track ingredients so that people with allergies and food restrictions still get a hearty and yummy meal. Please label your contribution with it’s ingredients.
We will post a potluck planning thread on the WS Facebook group a few weeks before the event. There you can coordinate amongst yourselves for potluck offerings, a group going together to make a stone soup, or chilli style offering and taking turns tending it or the like is encouraged. You can also get together with a group to make a large salad, or fruit tray.
There will be some cookware, cauldrons, and kitchen prep items available on site although we do not guarantee enough pots for everyone. There will be a few plugs for crockpots ($2 donation for the electrical bill required), some cookware for over the fire, and possibly a loaner camp stove or two. However, there will not be enough for everyone, so save it for the folks who have no camp cookware to bring.
Its recommended your final offering should be enough to cover your party’s food needs plus 2-4, and if you have food restrictions and allergies make sure you can at least eat what you brought and survive. Bear in mind that we need to cover all parts of the meal; a variety of soups, salads and stir fry, on top of any snacks, desserts, or drinks.
Here is an idea of what can be good to bring :
A Bag of Potatoes wrapped in Tinfoil to bake on the Fire
A Stuffed Zucchini Wrapped in Tinfoil to finish cooking on the Fire
A bag of dinner rolls
A jug of juice or iced tea
A veggie tray, cheese tray, fruit tray
Chips and dip
Sausages, sandwich meats, hot dogs
Sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, pie
Slow cooker or instapot recipes
A group coordinating salad ingredients
A group coordinating a soup
A group coordinating a chilli
A group coordinating a pasta/rice dish
Kitchen and Hearth witches are encouraged to out do themselves and show off a little, if they should so feel.
Please note that if you are camping with a friend, teenage child, or partner who is not attending the event but they would like an excuse to hang out around the area, they are welcome to assist with the prep and cooking of the pot luck meal, and help us eat it as well!
Community & Sharing
You can place any snacks and drinks that you are willing to share on the “sharing table” located in the Standing Stone Grove. If the ingredient list isn’t on the packaging please use the Cue Cards and Pens provided to allow others to make informed decisions and avoid allergens and check with the Food Warden to allow them to secure against potential spoilage.
We encourage those folks who are blessed with abundance to bring a few small additions for the purpose of sharing with others. It can be something small, such as a box of crackers, a few peaches, a extra addition for the potlatch, or a jug of juice. Many folk who attend our event are starving students, or people coming from far away who cannot bring much gear with them on the plane. We will also have a Coleman Stove available at the Sharing Table throughout the weekend for those needing access to it for food prep, there are only two burners so be patient.