Booyah — 11 Comments

  1. Sounds like a fun event. I love fall festivals with good food. Tomorrow we are going to the “Shalom Ya’ll” Jewish Food Festival. Today we had Latin food from a great food truck at an Arts Festival. When the weather gets really cold up there please plan a trip to come see us. We’re all settled in and the guest room is really nice for visitors!

  2. Hi Gaye, and thanks — we’ll be on a plane to Savannah this winter, you betcha!

  3. To be honest with you, I had never heard of a Booya either, until I started working for the city of Roseville. The fire department hosts an annual fundraiser each year. I grew up in Minnesota and have lived here most of my life. Did you go, and was it any good?

  4. Hi Julie, yes we went. It was a fine party and we met some more of the neighbors. The booyah was very good. This one was cooked for “only” 12 hours — the hosts got up at 4:30 in the morning to get it started. Some I read about simmer for two days.

  5. Huh. For what it’s worth, I both grew up in the Midwest (Indiana) and live in Minnesota (since 1998) — and today’s the first time I’ve ever heard of this.

    Makes me wonder what other stuff is going on out there . . .

  6. Hello Dave, welcome to the party. Finding out the other stuff going on out there and letting the world know about it is the job of this blog! I’m not surprised that an Indiana upbringing wouldn’t have acquainted you with the booyah. The sources I read said its geographical extent is northern and northwestern Wisconsin, around the Twin Cities, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

  7. Was fun to see you both there. I’m enjoying your blog — almost feels for me like rediscovering MN through your eyes. Keep sending us your thoughts and impressions. 🙂

  8. I grew up with bouyas, my uncle would come from Seattle and stay up all night making bouya in huge black kettle, stirred with a wooden paddle, with beef, chicken and all kinds of vegetables. It was a fun way to have a family gathering. It’s delicious. I have made it myself.

  9. Hi Laureen. Interesting, did your family spell it that way, or where did you encounter that spelling? I don’t see many references online to “bouya”; “bouja” is more common, but “booya[h]” rules the roost.

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