Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies and bask in the aroma of roux?


Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies and bask in the aroma of roux?



If so, then tie on that apron and enter to be one of the 30 chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King in the 16th Annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off!



The event takes place at Sunset Park on Feb. 15, beginning at 10 a.m. CT and lasting until all the gumbo and Brunswick stew runs out. This event is free to enter and tickets will be available for purchase to sample the competing gumbos and Brunswick stews.



Also available will be barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks, as well as live music and free Mardi Gras beads.



“This event is one of the highlights for Mexico Beach,” said Kimberly Shoaf, president of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council. “We draw in record-breaking crowds every year.



“The Gumbo Cook-Off allows families to come spend the day at the beach with live music and all the gumbo you can eat.”



Awards will be given in both amateur and restaurant categories for gumbo and an overall category for Brunswick stew. Judges will be looking at entries for the best overall taste and presentation.



Applications for the cook-off are available online at www.MexicoBeach.com/Pages/News-Events/Calendar-of-Events and are due no later than Feb. 7. The competition is free to enter.



All proceeds raised at the cook-off will help fund the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July Fourth fireworks celebration.



“The cook-off has become one of the must attend events here in Mexico Beach,” said Shoaf. “This is one event you will not want to miss or taste!”



Happening simultaneously on the opposite side of Highway 98, will be the third annual Society of Expressive Artists (SEA) Art Walk, which will showcase artists from all along the Forgotten Coast.



The cost to showcase is $5 for SEA members, $25 for nonmembers and $35 for those who want to showcase and join the organization. The application deadline has been extended to Feb. 3.



Interested artists may download the application from the SEA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sea.artists.



SEA is a group of local artists that reside in coastal communities along the Florida panhandle. The goal of the group is to provide a forum for local artists to promote their work, share ideas and opportunities, to network with other artist organizations and to identify and create art exhibit venues.