Roux Dat: New Iberia's Gumbo Cookoff

by Mary Tutwiler

Gumbo weather indeed. That's what the temperature is this weekend in New Iberia as the town celebrates soup at the 21st annual World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. This year, 91 teams, the most in the cookoff's history will compete in two categories, amateurs, who compete in the seafood, chicken and sausage and melange categories, and professional teams, which compete in the seafood and non-seafood categories.

The cookoff begins with a fais do do Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Bouligny Plaza. Saturday morning starts off with a red beans cookoff. Other food booths will serve "anything but gumbo." Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and Kross Fyre provide live music.

Sunday, the main event begins early in the morning, tasting starts at 11 a.m. Geno Delafose and the French Rockin Boogie and Wayne Toups play bayouside till 4 p.m., when the winners are announced.

For more info, go to the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce website.