Bar-T-5 Covered Wagon Cookout: Great Food and Song, but not very P.C.
I attended the Bar-T-5 Covered Wagon Cookout adventure on Friday night with 30 friends. No, I didn't just round up a group to go. It was, in fact, the rehearsal dinner. Although instead of rehearsing we enoyed a covered wagon ride up Cache Creek, a hearty cowboy dinner, and a little song and dance. It was a fun evening and a great idea for a rehearsal dinner.
Our group was split into three to ride up the road to the cookout site, which took about 20 minutes. The kids that we were with loved this part and kept asking if they could drive the wagon. If you hike and bike up Cache Creek, you may be surprised that this little stage and outdoor dining room even exist. It is well hidden. Once we were deeper into the forest we were suddenly surprised with two figures coming toward us on horseback from the woods. Sure enough, as the old west stories say, they were Indians. They were "whooping" and calling out. It was, to say the least, a little absurd and offensive. But this is Jackson tourism at its finest.
When we arrived we were ushered to the front four tables. The host made a few announcements and then directed us to grab a plate and line up for the grub: salad, rolls, corn, beef and chicken, baked beans, and lemonade or water. The staff brings each table their own pot of brownies later in the night. For a cowboy dinner, the food was delicious. During dinner, we enjoyed music by a team of four: two guitarists, one bass, and one fiddle. They sang about life out west and living off the land. And, of course, they couldn't avoid including the bride and groom in a few skits, where they made fun of them terribly. After dinner, we loading up on the wagons again for our return back to town.
A great evening to share with family and friends, especially if you are looking for great food and a little entertainment. But if you bring the kids, you may want to add a short disclaimer about the cowboys and "Indians." Go to www.bart5.com for details.