Goatober is a month-long celebration for a cause that puts goat meat on the menu at restaurants around the world.
Launched in 2011, by Heritage Foods’ Patrick Martins, Goatober was developed to put the unwanted billy goats being euthanized at US goat dairies into the food system. This year, co-ordinated Goatober dinners, events, and talks will take place in London, Frankfurt, Rome, Amsterdam, Spain, France, Ireland, and New York. It’s a great initiative that sees dairies, suppliers, and chefs working together to try and solve a food waste issue.
Here in Canada, we only produce about 60% of our domestic goat needs, thanks to the eating habits of Caribs, East Indians, and Jamaicans. If you haven’t tried it, goat meat is delicious. It’s also healthy. A 3-ounce portion of goat meat has 122 calories – much less than meat or even chicken. Goat meat is lean, with 2.6 grams of total fat per 3-ounce serving compared to beef’s 7.9 grams and chicken’s 6.3 grams.
If your only goat eating experience has come in the form of a late-night roti (goati?) get your goat at home with this recipe from River Cottage Kitchens for goat chops with cavolo nero, pear, chilli, and peanut butter.