Each year, on the second weekend of October, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce hosts the World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off, a premier event in Iberia Parish. The three-day event takes place on New Iberia's historic and award- winning Main Street.
While the gumbo competition itself is on Sunday, Friday evening kicks off the event weekend with great music and popular food items. On Saturday, there are bands all day, down town shopping deals, museum tours and forty-plus food booths cooking anything but gumbo for lunch. Sunday's full attention goes to the gumbo! Ninety or more teams will by vying for bragging rights to the best gumbo in the world.
By 6:00AM Sunday morning, the gumbo police have made their rounds and the signal for the battle of the rouxs to begin is sounded. While the cooks are chopping, stirring, and maybe sipping, the support crew is generating team spirit by performing skits and participating in the booth decoration contest. Bands start mid-morning and tasting begins at 11:00 AM. By 3:30 PM, we can tell you who's got the best gumbo in the world! Gumbo--C'est si bon, yeah!
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Easiest route- Drive into Iberia Parish on Hwy 90 (future corridor i-49), Hwy 182, Hwy 31 or Hwy 14. Roll your window down---INHALE and follow your nose to downtown New Iberia. Aroma should get stronger as you get closer.
For those of you who prefer to use GPS, the location of the Cookoff is, 100 West Main Street, New Iberia, Louisiana, 70560. It is in Bouligny Plaza in the downtown commercial historic district. You can't miss it!