Pack up all your cares and woes, it’s gumbo cookoff time

2015 CookoffsThe World Championship Gumbo Cookoff in New Iberia, Louisiana, might be better than any festival I’ve ever attended — even the time I danced to a zydeco band in the streets of Arlington, Texas. Just watching the video of the World Championship event has me tapping my toes and packing my bags. Go ahead — stop reading and watch the video —

Under those tents are 96 teams cooking gumbo. Now, if you want a real cook’s tour watch Allison Fishman’s terrific video (sorry if there’s an ad, but it’s worth the few seconds’ wait)  Blue Ribbon Hunter

In the frenzy of the New Year, I’ve already missed at least three cookoffs. But the calendar is larger than ever with gumbo events from New York City to Wyoming, from the Black Hills to the Rockies, with most, of course, in Louisiana. I predict that it won’t be long until gumbo cookoffs become”syndicated” and “have a circuit” like BBQ and chili. But right now, almost every cookoff benefits a local charity, nonprofit or school. I hope it stays that way.


  • Jan. 24, Humble, TX, Second annual Gumbo and Etouffe Cookoff Contest2015 gumbo Jan
  • Jan. 24, Teurlings Catholic High School, Lafayette, LA, Knights of Columbus State Cook Off, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
  • Jan. 31, 603 E. Landry Street, Opelousas, LA, 9th Annual Gumbo Cookoff
  • Jan. 31, K&B Chili & Gumbo Cookoff, Hattiesburg, MS


  • Feb 7, 5-9, Carnaval de Mardi Gras Gumbo Cookoff, Vicksburg, MS
  • Feb, 13-14, 2014 The Wharf Sandestin, FL 26th Annual Gumbo Festival
  • Feb, 14, Dickinson, ND American Petroleum Institute Gumbo Cookoff
  • Feb. 14, Mumbo Gumbo Cookoff Manitou Springs, CO, 8-1 at the foot of Pike’s Peak
  • Feb. 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. World Famous Cajun Extravaganza/Gumbo Cook-Off Lake Charles, LA
  • Feb. 14, Noon-5, Meridian Mardi Gras, Meridian, MSlogo
  • Feb. 17, Mardi Gras on Main, 6-9, Kerrville, Texas
  • Feb. 19, N’Orleans Style Gumbo Cook-Off, 1-3, NYC Mardi Gras, Brooklyn, NYC
  • Feb. 21, 2015, Parkdale Mall, Beaumont, TX, Girls’ Haven 21st Annual Gumbo Festival
  • Feb. 21, 17th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off, Sunset Park in Mexico Beach, FL
  • Feb. 22, Noon – 6 First Franklin Street Gumbo Cookoff, Evansville, IN

 MARCH2015 Kalamazoo

  • Mar. 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Fillin’ Station Grille West, 4840 Venture Drive, Southaven, MS
  • Mar. 1, 10th Annual Charity Gumbo Cook-Off, Luie’s Trophy House, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Mar. 14, 9-6, Gumbo Cookoff, Henderson, LA
  • Mar. 14, Ragun’ Cajun Throwdown, Luling, LA
  • Mar. 21, 10th Annual Gumbo Cook-off, Gulf Breeze, FL
  • Mar. 21, Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival at Nicholls State, Jumbo Gumbo & Bayou Best Cook-Off, Thibodeaux, LA
  • Mar. 21, Annual Community Home Health & Hospice Gumbo Cook-Off Fundraiser Sugar Mill Pond, Lafayette, LA
  • Mar. 21, Old Dog Tavern, Kalamazoo MI 2-7 p.m., 10th Annual Charity Gumbo Cookoff
  • Mar. 21, Ultimate Gumbo Gladiators, Festival Plaza, Downtown Shreveport, LA

APRIL & MAY 10154405_509972312445238_1763885252_n

and then . . .0aa23

  • Oct 11-12, 2015. World Championship Gumbo Cookoff New Iberia, LA
  • Nov 13 – 14 Seventh Annual Gumbo Cookoff (and Craft Show) Cajun Palms RV Resort, Henderson, LA
  • Nov. TBA, AFC Gumbo Wars, Central Florida’s Original Gumbo Cookoff, Orlando, FL



About thegumbodiaries

On the search for the perfect gumbo!
This entry was posted in Dear Diary (Gumbo Experiences)... and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Pack up all your cares and woes, it’s gumbo cookoff time

  1. Amazing! I had no idea how many gumbo enthusiasts exist “out there.” Thanks for a comprehensive look at the whole nation of gumbo aficionados.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.