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Posted on: September 14, 2017


Pheasant Sandwich Shootout



The Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce Aberdeen’s first-ever contest for the best pheasant sandwich.  The inaugural “Pheasant Sandwich Shootout” will be open to professional and home chefs. The judging will occur during the open house depot event, Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the historic Milwaukee Depot, located across from The Flame.  The actual judging will begin at 6:00 p.m. 


Professional Chef – Anyone who is employed by or owns an area restaurant and enters on behalf of that restaurant.

Home Chef – Anyone who enjoys making exceptional food at home and is not employed to cook or prepare meals.


Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded in each category. There will be prizes in the amounts of $300, $200, and $100 respectfully for first, second, and third placements.

The Sandwich Entry

The entry must be a pheasant sandwich, prepared however you want to interpret your version. The only stipulation is that the meat be predominantly pheasant meat. It can be hot, cold, fried, a burger, a sausage, or panini. There are no restrictions to the style or additional ingredients (including things like bacon).

Registration Deadline

All participants must register in advance. Entries may be limited to the first 10 registries in each of the two categories. The deadline to enter the contest is October 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. 

About the depot event:

In honor of Aberdeen’s unique history of serving free pheasant sandwiches to service men and women who passed through town during WWII, and in celebration of hunting season and all things “Rooster Rush,” the Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will be hosting an open house event.  Join us from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 2 at the historic Milwaukee Depot, located at 10 Railroad Ave SW (located across the street from The Flame Restaurant).

The public is invited to take a step back in time at this free event.  They can sample a bit of Aberdeen’s past - pheasant sandwiches, donuts, coffee and lemonade will be served.  A 40’s era atmosphere will add to the nostalgia of the event. 

“We are hoping this will become the premiere event of our Rooster Rush celebration,” said Casey Weismantel, executive director.  “It gives us a chance to invite the public into this beautiful historic space, while we rekindle memories of yesteryear.  This will give our locals a chance to taste an authentic pheasant sandwich.”

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