Nicholls Seeks Gumbo Cook Off Teams

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University is looking for the best local gumbo chefs to compete in its first Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off on Saturday, March 16.

A new addition to the popular Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, the Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off will include both a gumbo competition and public tasting. Cooking teams will be able to compete in two categories: seafood gumbo and gumbo containing beef, turkey, chicken and/or pork. Cypress gumbo paddles and roux spoons will be awarded to gumbo winners.

“The goal of the Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival is to promote and save the unique culture of south Louisiana. The cook-off will add to this by showcasing the unique food of this area,” said Brenda Haskins, festival co-chair.

The deadline to register for the cook-off is Monday, Feb. 25, and the entry fee is $75 per team. All proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival. For entry details, visit

or call 985-488-4518.

For community members interested in attending the family-friendly event, gates will open at 12:30 p.m., and a $5 entry fee will include all gumbo tastings. Children 10 and younger will get in for free.

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