GOODLAND — It’s time to dig around in the kitchen for that long-lost can of Spam. That bilious-looking pink pressed meat could actually win you the title of best chef at the 18th annual Spammy Jammy at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland Saturday.
The event features a culinary contest, with Spam as the main ingredient in the competing dishes. People have entered everything imaginable made with the potted meat product: Spam kebabs and Spam sliders. Spam chili, the inspiration of Sandy Bryson, took home the prize last year.
Restaurant owners Ray Bozicnik and Nicolette Baure created Spammy Jammy as an irreverent yearly ritual to appease the hurricane gods and keep Goodland safe from their destructive forces after Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992. Bozicnik said it has always been a large party and crowds sometime spill into the street.
Many revelers also look forward to the sculpture contest in which competitors submit molded pieces of art made with the canned meat. Past winners took home prizes for “Spammy the Cocker Spamial” and “Spamela Anderson.”
Participants cooked, ate and sculpted about 100 pounds of Spam last year and that number is expected to increase this year, say its organizers.
“It’s going to be a glorious, Spam-tastic party,” Bozicnik said.
There will be an amateur and professional culinary contest, Spam art and architecture sculpture contests, a toilet paper race for women and a beer drinking contest for men. Visitors are encouraged to wear “jammys” — pajamas — to the festivities, which begin 6 p.m. Saturday and wrap up at about 1 a.m.
Entertainment will be provided by John Lowbridge , playing 6 to 9 p.m., and the Raiford Starke Band, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Judging of the spam sculptures begins at 10 p.m. with results at about 11:30 p.m.
The Little Bar is located at 205 Harbor Place in Goodland. For more information call 394 5663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.