Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-off and Art Walk

Gumbo Cook-off

The 16th annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-off will be held at Sunset Park on Feb. 15. All proceeds raised will help fund the Best Blast on the Beach fireworks display on July 4.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 03:06 PM.

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.

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