Annual Wild Game and Fish Dinner to take place in Interlaken

Annual Wild Game and Fish Dinner to take place in Interlaken

Pictured during the winter months is the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club located on Tunison Road in Interlaken, N.Y. The Annual Wild Game and Fish Dinner will take place here on Feb. 9. (Provided Photo)

On Feb. 9, beginning at 5 p.m., the Annual Wild Game and Fish Dinner will take place at the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club located on Tunison Road in Interlaken, N.Y. The event is open to the public.

According to Kathy Irwin, events coordinator at the Interlaken Sportsmen’s Club, the event will offer a wide variety of wild game and fish dishes with ingredients that will include alligator, duck, elk, goose, moose, muskrat, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, venison, woodchuck and more. Last year the event served 175 guests, and they nearly ran out of food. This year, Irwin stated, there will be plenty of food.

Irwin further explained that the alligator meat comes from Florida, and is donated by friends. The wild game, she continued, is donated by members or friends of the club.

As for the cooking, Jerry Smith and Dot Champion create tasty dishes as well as Irwin herself. “I usually cook all the strange items,” said Irwin. Brent Ward and Sam Ward typically fry up the fish, and Belinda Krebbeks does most of the pot pies.

“Many others help,” added Irwin, “and even bring their favorite dish.”

The Interlaken Sportmen’s Club has approximately 175 members. The annual fundraiser, said Irwin, helps to pay for things like the gun and bow safety courses, the children’s programs, donations made to local projects and summer programs for children, and the food pantries. The club also holds various benefits to assist families in the community in need, and to pay for general upkeep of the facility.

The club will be hosting their St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on March 16, and is hosting a breakfast every Sunday morning, from 7 to 11 a.m. until Mother’s Day.

But as stated, it takes many volunteers to keep things going. “We are all volunteers,” said Irwin who has served as coordinator of events for the last seven years.

As for the Wild Game and Fish Fry Dinner, the club is welcoming donations of game, and is encouraging the community to join them. The cost is $8 per person, ages five and under are free. There will also be a full service bar available.

For more information, or to donate wild game, call Kathy Irwin at (607) 582-7411, Jerry Smith at (607) 227-8760, or Dot Champion at (607) 582-7411. You can also visit them online at www.interlakensportsmen.com/ or on Facebook.