For the Waconia Lions’ biggest fundraiser of the year, they deliver meat: exotic meat you can’t pick up at the local grocery store. “People come from hundreds of miles away,” says Waconia Lions president Scott Tomes. “It’s like the Super Bowl of Waconia.”
He’s talking about the annual Waconia Lions’ Wild Game Dinner, which celebrates 35 years this month. It’s become such a big event in Waconia and the Lions have had to turn away people in the past two years.
The event starts with hors d’oeuvres, including pheasant wild rice soup, venison, pickled northern pike and creamed rabbit. Dinner features elk, walleye, salmon, alligator, bear and a raccoon dish called the Highway 5 Special. “There aren’t many events that serve this kind of wild game,” Tomes says. That’s why people travel from out of state to enjoy the festivities with likeminded hunters and eaters.
In addition to the food, there’s a silent auction and a raffle, featuring cash and other prizes.
The dinner, held at the Lake Waconia Event Center, can accommodate 600 people and has sold out quickly in the past couple years, so don’t wait to secure your tickets.
Waconia Lions Wild Game Dinner
3:45-9 p.m. February 4
Lake Waconia Event Center
Tickets, available online in late January, are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
This event is for ages 21 and older.