The Bama crowd must be cozying up to the Texas Longhorns because I just learned about several Alabama gumbo cook-offs from my friend Marion Keener in Texas. She gave me the heads up on the Bienville Square event on Saturday, April 12 in Mobile, plus a few others. Since I only live an hour from Mobile I suspect Alabama is trying to start a gumbo circuit to match their famous BBQ tour. To get things rolling, maybe they’re reaching out to the Texas chili circuit cooks. Here’s the Mobile scoop http://www.redcross.org/news/event/alabama/6th-Annual-Gumbo-Cook-off
Alabama friend and blog follower Pat Davis writes about her church’s Birmingham Gumbo Gala the 28th of April. Last year the event featured about 30 booths with both a commercial division for restaurants and a smaller division for college groups, churches, etc. Her husband Bill and his cooking group took first place honors and helped the Gumbo Gala raise $40,000 for Episcopal Place, a charity assisting HUD-based housing for senior citizens. Read this year’s details at http://eatalabamaseafood.com/event/episcopal-places-gumbo-gala/
The annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Cookoff offers different venues with three to five teams dishing up gumbo at each locale. Ii provides a great spring opportunity to see the beautiful island and savor some gumbo. Wear your sandals and gas up the car. http://eatalabamaseafood.com/event/dauphin-island-gumbo-festival-cook-off/
The L.A. Gumbo Festival (that’s lower Alabama) in Orange Beach is scheduled for May 9-11. I’ve been to this event and know to confirm the gumbo time before you arrive. They’re making the World’s Largest Pot of Gumbo and it takes some prep time – it wasn’t ready on Friday one year. But it’s worth the trip just to see the pot they cook that gumbo in. http://gumboforlife.com/
North near Huntsville is Guntersville. There, St. William’s Church isn’t having a drive-thru for gumbo at their 44th Annual Seafood Festival place at Civitan Park on Lake Guntersville. The drive-thru opens at 7:30 a.m. for quarts of gumbo. Bring spoon along, sit in the car and have gumbo for breakfast. The lunch dine-in open for creole style file’ gumbo opens at 10:30. If I had an RV I’d make the trip and stock the freezer! It’s not to August 30 so I’ve got time to plan. http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/2014-st-william-church-seafood-festival
As my friend Geraldine Vauregard from New Orleans says “the season is here” so
laissez les bons temps rouler. (Let the good times roll!) Speaking of rolling, how does a Bama fan say Roll Tide in French?