Gumbo cook-off slated Saturday, Jan. 8

The Gumbo Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8. Contestants will arrive and set up at 6 a.m. Must have entry fees paid before entering the tent.

Cooking begins at 6:30 a.m. Samples should be ready to be submitted to judges at 10:30 a.m. and public is invited to come to the tasting. Winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. in the Burton Coliseum.

Complete rules are available at

Here are a few tips:

Cooking locations – All teams will be cooking on site; Tables and a tent will be provided for the event and spots are first come first served.

Cooking and ingredients – Cooks must supply their own ingredients, supplies, utensils to prepare and serve 20 people (minimum). Cooks may use their own recipes but must use the following meats from any division: seafood, chicken, or wild game.

All food preparation must be done on site.

You may want to bring your own water to cook with and your beverage of choice.

A Champion will be selected for each division in one of the following categories:

Seafood Division, Poultry Division, Wild Game Division

An Overall Champion will be selected from the three divisions.

Judging-Gumbo samples will only be taken at 10:30 a.m.

You will be provided with a bowl for your sample. Your team/individual number will be written on the bowl. Judges are local celebrities and cooks. They will not know the names of the teams of the bowls being served.

Clean up – Each entrant will be responsible for cleaning up his station. Trash cans will be available throughout the area.