2012 Gumbo Cookoffs: Mark your calendars

I’ve been on the search for a calendar since Christmas when I didn’t get the traditional family photo calendar from the grandkids. Since I didn’t pay my University of Kansas alumni dues, I didn’t get their free calendar either. Businesses just don’t give away advertising calendars like they used to.

I finally did find one place gives away free calendars – the funeral home. I’m not too comfortable with my free mortunary calendar, though, because I got it at my uncle’s funeral. So, I cut off their ad. And I’m using my calendar for happy events, beginning with gumbo cookoffs.

Here’s a list of the gumbo cookoffs I’ve found for 2012, just  in case there’s one in your neighborhood.  I can’t vouch for any of the events, especially the duck gumbo cookoffs because I’ve never been to a duck gumbo cookoff. I missed the big duck gumbo cookoff around Thanksgiving in Arkansas. They had 56 teams compete in the 31st annual event, so next Thanksgiving I might dine on duck gumbo rather than smoked turkey – I’ll if I can work that date into these little calendar squares. If you have a gumbo cookoff and would like to be included in this calendar, just leave a comment with the information! I wish I had a lear jet for February 18 — there are gumbo cookoffs in four states!

February 18, Sandestin, FL


February 18, Manitou Springs, CO

February 18, Lake Charles, LA


February 18, Sunset Park, Mexico Beach, FL
14th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

February 18, Dickinson, ND

February 25, Slidell, LA

March 10, Jacksonville, FL

March 10, Ragin’ Cajun Throwdown Gumbo Cook-off, Luling, TX

March 31, 11:00am-2:00, Bienville Square, Mobile, AL


April 13, The Allen School, Little Rock, AR (These teams compete for cash prizes!)


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5 Responses to 2012 Gumbo Cookoffs: Mark your calendars

  1. Thank you for adding Luling Main Street’s Rajun Cajun Throwdown to your event. Your reference to our event indicates “Luling, LA”. We are actually in Texas 🙂


    • I see now that it’s Between San Antonio and Houston — I should have known that since I lived in Texas for more than 20 years — I just kept remembering an old friend from Luling, Louisiana and was wondering if she would be cooking gumbo. Thanks for reading and for correcting my mistake. I don’t want anyone to miss the Rajin Cajun Gumbo Cook Off!


  2. Dee Dee Burns says:

    Just thought I would let you know that you have the Ragin Cajun Cook Off in Luling, LA and I’m thinking it is Luling, TX.


  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for mentioning our event! We would love to have you come down and join us!

    If any of you are gumbo cooks, or just like to support a good cause, please check out http://jumbogumbocookoff.com or http://www.facebook.com/JumboGumbo for an entry form or to buy tickets. The event will be Fri April 13 at the Little Rock Rivermarket. Jumbo Gumbo is a benefit for The Allen School, a preschool for special needs children, including my son. Thanks to them, one of his hands went from 20% function to 90% function in less than 6 months, despite the fact that his neurologist said that the hand would NEVER work. Needless to say, I love The Allen School!


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