Wild onion dinner season in full swing
HOLDENVILLE, Oklahoma — Wild onion dinners have a long-standing tradition of bringing folks together for fellowship and food. The season has kicked off in full swing, with people attending the Salt Creek Wild Onion Dinner on March 2. The fundraising event drew people by the hundreds to the Holdenville Indian Community Center.
People drove in from Ada, Tulsa, and even Texas to enjoy the food and catch up with friends.
One attendee, 72-year-old Bill Robinsonhas been attending for more than 40 years.
“I believe this particular dinner has been going on since after World War II,” Robinson said. “I bought my first ticket in the ‘60s, but I can remember attending the dinners when they were held at the church.”
Robinson credits the Salt Creek Wild Onion Dinner for his first exposure to great food and for being the foundationoflife long friendships.
“I don’t think I have missed one of their dinners in I couldn’t tell you how long,” hesaid. “It is the gathering place to see and visit with friends that I don’t normally get to see otherwise.”
Some of Robinsons’ favorite dishes are the wild onions, sofke, and salt meat.
“But no dish can be seasoned any better than the fellowship you find there,” Robinson said.
According to Dode Warrington Barnett, the church was able to raise just shy of 10 percent of its goal with the dinner.
“Considering the weather, we were happy,” Barnett said.
There are many more opportunities to get a taste of your favorite wild onion season foods.
Big Cussetah UMC is holding a wild onion dinner on March 16 from 11 am to 3 pm. Adults are $10 and children under six are $5 for more information call 918-759-7020.
Thopthlocco UMC is holding an all-you-can-eat wild onion dinner on March 16 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Adults are $10, children under 12 are $5 and children under 2 eat free for more information call Beverly Parker at 918-346-0308.
Concharty UMC is holding a wild onion dinner on March 23, from 11 am to 3 pm. Adults are $12 and children ten and under are $10. The dinner will be held at 19040 Garfield Rd, in Okmulgee. For more information call 918-366-8450.
Little Cussetah UMC is holding an all-you-can-eat wild onion dinner on March 23 from 11 am to 3 pm. Adults are $10, children from age three to ten are $7 and children 2 and under are free. For directions or more information call Karen King at 918-777-8242 or Tina Burgess at 918-230-5106.
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