City of Newport
596 7th Avenue
Newport, MN 55055
Phone: (651) 459-5677
Fax: (651) 459-9883
What is Booya?
Booya is a food that is prepared like a stew, but on a very large scale. It takes many cooks to prepare the food, and it is usually meant to serve hundreds or even thousands of people. The name booya is also used to describe the event surrounding the meal, and is probably a degenerated form of the name bouillabaisse.
In the cooking of booya, one makes a base or broth to which other food can be added derived from culinary bones. Beef, chicken, and pork are popular meats for booya, and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and potatoes are also put into the mix. A wide variety of seasonings are often used.
The preparation of booya often takes up to two days, generally cooked in specially designed booya kettles that can hold more than 50 gallons of the stew. Generally made for charity events, some community groups and churches have their own kettles, while other groups rely on municipal kettles.
Every second Sunday in July marks Booya time in Newport. For over 60 years, the Newport Fire Department holds its annual Booya. The festivities begin on the Saturday night prior to the Booya, with a parade through town. Fire trucks from neighboring communities, as well as Newport's own, parade through the streets of Newport announcing that it's Booya time once again.
What will you find at the Newport Booya?
Something for everyone of all ages! There are children's games and Bingo, a liquor raffle, beer tent, pull tabs, and refreshments. And of course, there's Booya! There are two flavors, regular Booya and Cajun Booya.