What is the Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook-off?

The Cook Off is an exciting team event where participants will compete to be declared the Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook Off Champions, also known as The Champions.  Teams (hereby known as The Cooks) will be required to cook using a traditional bush cooking method –  camp ovens over a fire or hot coals.  Your gourmet creation will then be tasted and judged by  (insert dramatic music here)… The Consumers.   The Consumers are a very special team of people, who have elected to take on the enormous task of choosing The Champions.

The Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook Off is held in the beautiful hamlet of Tangambalanga.  Better known to the locals as Tangam, this rural Victorian town in the beautiful Kiewa Valley is the perfect spot.  It is surrounded by Mount Murramurrangbong, sister town Kiewa (just on the other side of the Kiewa River), Kergunyah and Dederang just up the valley.


When is it?

The festival will be held on SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017.  Gates open from 10am and Main Course will be served to The Consumers (ticket holders) at 1pm.

How do I get involved?


Do you have what it takes to become the Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook Off Champions?  Get your team together and prepare to compete on the day!

Teams can be up to 4 people working together to produce a main course and a dessert.   Each team will be provided with a Protein Voucher and a Vegetable Ration.  The Protein Voucher allows you to purchase your choice of meats from our friendly local butcher (O’Neills Butchery).  The Vegetable Ration allows you to purchase your choice of vegetables / fruits from the supplier.  Then it is all up to you!  Your team decides what they will cook and provides any other ingredients required, including the dessert ingredients.   All entries must be cooked on site from scratch.

Are you a whizz at camp oven cooking?  Places for teams are limited. Don’t waste any time!  You can register your interest by emailing us via our contact page : HERE

KVCOC FAQ for The Cooks

KVCOC Entry Form and Conditions



Want to become one of the very special people that decides which team will be crowned The Champions?  As a Consumer, you will be issued with the necessary equipment (plates, cutlery, napkin, voting slip) to become the ultimate judge.  Two courses will be served to you, a sample of each teams’ Main Course and Dessert Course.  With up to 10 teams competing, that’s a big feed!  Make sure you have a small breakfast.

Once you have sampled this feast, it is up to you to decide who did it best!  Votes from all Consumers will be totalled and ultimately decide the Cook Off Champion!

Places are limited and you can TICKETS WILL BE RELEASED SOON.

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A “chrome bumper” Show N Shine features at the Camp Oven Cook Off.  Any vehicle with a chrome bumper is eligible to enter.  There are beautiful trophies up for grabs in quite a few categories, including Peoples Choice.

You can download the entry form HERE.  Entry is by gold coin donation.  You may also like to purchase a ticket for lunch.


Great family activities are part of the day.  Compete in heats to see who will be the Billy Boiling Champ or have a go at the Great Aussie Thong Toss.  Both are great fun,  all ages events.


Prefer to come along and watch?  You can bring the family and join in the festivities on the day.  Entry is by gold coin donation.  There will be plenty to see and do in a fun, relaxing atmosphere. What better way to spend your day?


Sponsors are the lifeblood of any community event and the Cook Off is no exception.  The Cook Off team is always happy to discuss sponsorship opportunities with you. Contact us today to find out more about our sponsorship packages.


Things you need to know


The 2017 Kiewa Camp Oven Cook Off has moved to a new location – Coulston Park, Tangambalanga, Victoria.

There is plenty of parking, lovely grassed areas and indoor seating.

Here is a link to Google Maps so you can find your way : Where?


If you have entered a team you need to be at the site by 8am, ready to go.

If you are entering in the Show n Shine entries open at 8am and judging begins at 10am.

General admission opens from 10am.

How does the Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook Off work?

The KVCOC consists of teams of people (The Cooks) creating gourmet foods from camp ovens.  This delicious food will then be ‘taste-tested’ by people who purchase a ticket (The Consumers).  Trays are provided to The Consumers who will collect a ‘taster’ portion of each course from each team.  The Consumers will then taste and judge your creation.  The team with the most votes wins.  Prizes are awarded for the Main Course round, dessert course round and Overall Champion.

fAQs for TEAMS

Have you entered a team or thinking about entering a team?  Got a few questions?  Find your answers  HERE

How to Sound Like a Local

Tangambalanga  (tan-gam-ba-lan-ga)  (tan-gam)

Mount Murrangbong (murra-maran-bong)  (mount murra)

Kergunyah  (ker-gun-ya)

Dederang (dead-a-rang)  The local pub is known as The Ranga

Kiewa  (kee-wah) or (kee-war)  Depending on which side of the fence you are on. That’s an ongoing debate ….. 😀