Go to Galveston for biggest wild game cook-off in Texas

Now you're cooking

The Official Wild Game Cook-off of Texas -- and, in true Texas fashion, what is believed to be the largest wild game cook-off in the U.S. -- will heat up May 7-8 at Pier 21 on Galveston Island. The event, which benefits the Yaga's Children's Fund, includes cooking competitions, music and family-friendly activities, such as moon walks, face painting and pony rides.

The events kick off with a $75-a-ticket sponsor party May 7, from 7 p.m. to midnight, with a fajita buffet, beer, a silent auction and preview of the chefs at work.

Events on May 8 begin with a Yaga's Wild Game 5K run/walk, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Seawall and 28th Street. Entry fee is $35. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can participate in other activities, including a kids' area that opens at noon. Barbecue dinners will be $8.

The event is named for Yaga's Cafe, the primary sponsor in 1997 when it was organized. Last year it raised nearly $100,000 for children's charities in Galveston County. About 80 cooking teams are expected this year. For more information, visit