Anyone who knows me can tell you, gumbo is my favorite thing to eat in the. whole. wide. world.
The. whole. wide. world.
Whelp, a couple of weekends ago I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 24th Annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off sponsored by the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce.
Imagine the scene: When I came within a mile of Bouligny Plaza on Main Street in downtown New Iberia, I was hit with the wonderful aroma of roux, the rich, dark goodness forming the base of the gumboey goodness to follow.
Closer in, I was engulfed by the sights and sounds of the Festival; crowds slowly gathering, gumbo teams (almost 100 of them) stirring and cooking away
when they weren’t carrying on and entertaining the crowd.
The smell of seafood permeated the air: shrimp, crab, oysters – and alligator.
I also had the privilege of serving as one of the judges of the booth decorations, and skits presented by the teams – complete with costumes:
To say that hilarity was the order of the day is an understatement:
(TP wanted me to zoom in for his closeup):
Once the judging was out of the way and 11:00 a.m. rolled around, it was time to eat and enjoy the gumbo!
Chicken and sausage gumbo, seafood gumbo and exotic gumbos including rabbit, alligator, “green” . . . .
and even gluten-free!
I have to admit that by the end of the day, I’d eaten four bowls of gumbo, taken three bowls home and earned this:
Don’t judge me.
So, you wanna know how to eat rabbit gumbo?
With a spoon, of course!
Join in the Fray: Would you try rabbit gumbo? What’s the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten?
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