Saturday marked the first annual Western Oregon Solar Cookoff, where all the food was cooked without a single wire to be found.
The cookoff took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all day long, the smell of baking cookies and roasting turkey was wafting throughout the area.
Although participants say that all of the dishes were good, they say that the event was about more than the food.
Gregory Flick, one of the organizers of the event, says that it's important to recognize that there are ways to prepare food that don't raise your energy bill. "I'm an energy conservationist, and this is just another way of conserving energy. I don't have to have my oven going in my house to cook, to use electricity to cook with, and then I don't have an air conditioner going to cool off the house," said Flick.
Event organizers say that having a solar cooker is a lot like having an outdoor crock pot; you throw in the food in the morning, don't touch it all day, and come home to a perfectly cooked meal.
Even though most solar cookers can get up to 300 degrees, Flick says that it's nearly impossible to burn any food in it.
Although most of the solar cookware was made with metal and plexiglass, there were a few with just a little cardboard and tin foil. Flick says that these simpler models could be made in just half an hour.
Organizer Trudy Wilkenson told KPIC News, "It's just a really great thing to do, to be aware of how powerful the sun is and how we can harness, in a small way or a big way, we can really use the sun to produce energy and help save the planet."
If you're interested in making your own solar powered cooker, contact Gregory Flick at 541-584-2757.