Gumbo Cook-Off reaches 10th year


CROWLEY - Last weekend in downtown Crowley, the International Rice Festival provided Crowley with good music, good food and the annual massive street party complete with parades.

This weekend in downtown Crowley it’s mostly about the food, though there will be a special performance by a zydeco great.   

The Crowley Chamber of Commerce is holding its 10th annual Gumbo Cookoff this Saturday, Oct. 26. The event has grown increasingly popular over the years with last year’s event drawing a huge crowd. 

Renowned area musician Geno Delafosse will be performing at the event beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Those wishing to attend need only pay $5 to get “all the gumbo they can eat.”  

“We are thrilled to have Geno coming this year,” said an obviously excited Crowley Chamber of Commerce CEO Amy Thibodeaux on Tuesday. “With this being our tenth year, it’s a special anniversary of what’s become a special event in Crowley.” 

Any cooks that believe that their gumbo is award-worthy don’t have much longer to enter. The deadline to enter the Gumbo Cook-Off is tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 24. Those interested should call (337) 788-0177.

There are two divisions in the competition — seafood and non-seafood. The non-seafood division has consisted mostly of chicken and sausage gumbo over the years but often people will use ingredients such as rabbit or duck. 

Participants are also urged to decorate their booths. An award will be presented to the best decorated. 

“We are really looking forward to this,” said Thibodeaux. “How many places can you go where you can eat so much and many different types of gumbo for only five dollars.”

All proceeds from the event support the Crowley Chamber of Commerce. 

The event is cosponsored by Shop Rite.

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