The sixth annual Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators Gumbo Cook-off will be Saturday, March 24 at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. Cooking team registration for the event ends today.

The 2017 event attracted more than 5,000 attendees who sampled 62 entries prepared by 48 teams. Teams of passionate home and tailgating cooks, caterers or professional chefs are invited to participate. A blind judging process involves more than 30 judges who will select the top three winning teams for each of the categories… Seafood, Chicken/Sausage and Lagniappe. Each winning team will receive $400 cash prize plus a trophy and medals!

Gates open at noon and close at 5 p.m.  Awards will take place at 4 p.m. Admission is free and gumbo samples are only $2 each. In addition to the gumbo tasting, there will be a Children’s Area provided by Bayou Bounce and a variety of food trucks. 

To register a team, become a sponsor, or learn more about the event, visit or call Volunteers for Youth Justice at (318) 425-4413. 

All proceeds of the event support the work of Volunteers for Youth Justice, a nonprofit organization which provides a community caring for children, youth and families in crisis. Learn more at

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