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23rd Gumbo Cookoff - Monday, September 24, 2012
23rd World Championship Gumbo Cookoff

NEW IBERIA, LA- The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff taking place in Bouligny Plaza in historic downtown New Iberia. This fun-filled weekend will begin on Friday, October 12th with music from 5th Avenue from 7:00 -10:00pm.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 13th starting at 8:00am with a Roux Run, following with a Food Fest and Shopping Extravaganza at 10:00am. Taste Cajun and Creole cuisine (everything but Gumbo) in Bouligny Plaza. Enjoy music from 11:30am-2:30pm by Joel Martin Project, 3:00-6:00pm by Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band and closing out with Chris Ardoin from 6:30-10:00pm. Come meet special guests Troy and Jacob Landry from the Swamp People™ series on HISTORY ® from 2:00 – 6:00pm. Merchants are offering special discounts during this Gumbo weekend.

The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is Sunday, October 14th. More than 40,000 people attend the event to witness amateur and professional cooks competing for bragging rights to the world’s best gumbo. This year’s event will feature approximately 96 teams. The teams must prepare their rouxs on site without the benefit of electricity. To ensure that everyone abides by the "Gumbo Code of Ethics,” the Gumbo Police inspect each team’s ingredients before they begin cooking and patrol the plaza throughout the day. All types of gumbo will be sold beginning at 11:00am.

Sunday’s music lineup begins at 9:45am with Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie followed by Wayne Toups from 1:30-3:30pm.

Both Saturday and Sunday’s events are free to the public with food, soft drinks, and beer on sale.
Official Gumbo posters, postcards, t-shirts and more will also be on sale. No ice chests or pets, please.

Bring the family to New Iberia October 12th -14th and discover the "joir de vivre” of music, friends, fun, and the World’s Best Gumbo! Go to for more information or call (337) 364-1836. The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is an event of the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Tabasco ® brand Pepper Sauce, BP, Feet First and Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visit to make your plans.


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