Pig liver, pig “head parts,” and cornmeal: cook them together into a thick porridge, season it just right, pour it into a loaf pan, and chill until the whole thing solidifies into a loaf. We assume Carolinians wanted to keep the dish to themselves when they called it livermush, a name which somehow manages to out-unappetize its Pennsylvania cousin scrapple. Don’t, however, be led astray by names — when livermush is sliced and fried, and served alongside eggs, or placed in a sandwich, as they do at the annual Liver Mush Festival in Marion, NC, you’ve got yourself a unique and flavorful taste of Americana (provided you appreciate the taste of liver).

Hunter's Liver Mush, ready for slicing and frying.

Hunter’s Liver Mush, ready for slicing and frying.

The Liver Mush Festival runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. this Friday, June 3rd, in downtown Marion. Hunter’s Liver Mush (made in Marion and generally recognized as the best of the commercial brands) is sponsoring the event and they’ll be distributing the sandwiches free of charge! There’ll be a Livermush Sandwich Eating Contest, a Corn Hole Tournament (toss liver mush in the hole), a Liver Mush Cook-Off, and a Best Dressed Pig Contest. Enjoy live music and dancing as well, to work up an appetite. Marion is in western North Carolina, about a 40 minute drive east of Asheville. See the festival website for details.