~Calling all chefs~

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

The time has arrived for pounds of shrimp to be peeled, oysters to be shucked and rice and roux to be cooked during Mexico Beach’s annual Gumbo Cook-Off.

Those who attend can choose to participate, sample the gumbos, or experience both.

The cook-off will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16. Kimberly Shoaf of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council encourages everyone to “Come on out for this fun and filling event, and enjoy loads of gumbo and Brunswick stew on The Unforgettable Coast™”

“Visitors really enjoy coming out not only to sample the many different varieties of gumbo, but also to take in the fun-filled atmosphere,” Shoaf said.

The 15th annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off, as always, will be held at Sunset Park next to El Governor Motel, with the festivities kicking off at 10 a.m. CST and lasting until all the gumbo and stew runs out.

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the event will also feature live music and free beads for attendees. With a limit of 30 chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King, this event is perfect for anyone wanting to indulge in blue-ribbon cuisine.

Those competing may set up from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. and you must have your item(s) hot and ready to go. This is one cook-off that is sure to spark the Mardi Gras spirit!

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