A fireball explodes sky-high, 20 even 30 feet. Huddled around the fire, hoods up against the downpour, the crowd raises their beers skyward, cheers erupting from their throats. Welcome to a uniquely Alaskan party, the veggie bomb party. Yes mother, it does involve a degree of danger, and yes there is generally moderate amounts of alcohol involved. But before you stress out too much, there have been no documented injuries or deaths during the history of veggie bomb parties.
What exactly is a veggie bomb one may wonder. Legitimate question. The veggie bomb was conceptualized a few years ago by Ryan Fisher and Brendan Ryan of Exit Glacier Guides as a way to dispose of their excess veggie oil with a bit of flair. Amongst other thrilling activities that Exit Glacier Guides offers, such as ice climbing and hiking on a glacier, they also offer a veggie oil powered shuttle bus that runs from Seward to Kenai Fjords National Park. After veggie oil gathered from restaurants and purifying and filtering it, there is generally a few gallons left that are unfit to run through the shuttle. These few gallons are designated for veggie bombs. On a veggie bomb party night, a large bonfire is stoked, as hot as possible. When the bonfire has reached maximum temperature, a metal pail full of veggie oil is lowered into the center. Once the veggie oil has started boiling (our estimation that it has reached 800 F), the designated igniter quickly dumps a pail of water, attached to long pouring stick for safety reasons, into the boiling veggie oil and creates a fireball.
We were lucky enough to have a bon voyage/veggie bomb party this past Saturday at our house. Things went as normal veggie bomb parties do despite the special Seward, Alaska addition of pouring rain. People came, beer was consumed, veggie oil was exploded. Until that moment that usually occurs at every party where guys are congregated and alcohol and fire are involved, someone (probably Ken) suggested making the veggie bombs that much bigger and better, why not throw canned vegetables in the mix. And that was when the mother of all veggie bombs was born.
Again, no one was harmed in the exploding of this veggie bomb. All in all, a highly successful bon voyage/veggie bomb party. We are definitely going to miss all of our friends in Seward. Thank you for sending us off in style.
I’m glad you posted about this, because there was an element of mystery remaining after I saw your pictures on Facebook. What a crazy and exciting party, and holy crap, that’s a huge explosion. Glad nothing/no one was harmed in the explosion of this bomba de vegetal. 🙂