The biscuit tradition in the old mining town of Erie goes back to the 1870s. Back then the town’s handful of bakers made the biscuits and the local ladies made the Mulligan stew. The Erie Historical Society’s honors the tradition with the 16th annual Erie Biscuit Day on Saturday, September 15 from 8 a.m. to noon. Back in the day, women were admitted free (perhaps as thanks for the stew). Today, men and women pay the same (2 biscuits, 2 sausages, sausage gravy and a choice of coffee, milk or juice for $8). A smaller portion of the same (1 biscuit and 1 sausage) is offered for $5.
In addition to this comfort-food classic, the FREE event features a cake walk, raffle drawing, craft booths, historic photos and live music from the popular Highway 66 Bluegrass Consortium and dance from Celtic Steps Irish Dance.
Half a dozen local restaurants compete in a stew contest as homage to the Mulligan stew of the past. Biscuit Day attendees get to participate in a blind taste and vote for their favorite stew. The nostalgic festivities take place on Briggs Street, downtown Erie. For more information, call 303-828-4561.
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