Southeastern Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off set for Saturday, Nov. 2
Thursday, October 24, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s 13th annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off
will be held in Friendship Circle during tailgating on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event
raises funds for student-athlete programming.
This Southeastern tradition provides tailgaters with the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills prior to the Lions football game versus Stephen F. Austin scheduled at 4 p.m., while also supporting Lion student-athletes.
There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef, and registration is available at www.lionsports.net/gumbo. Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to bring spoons and however much gumbo they are willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
The public is invited to taste the gumbo at the various “Gumbo Tailgating Tasting Stations” around Friendship Circle and “vote” for their favorites by stuffing coins and bills in designated “voting jars” at each site. Signs at the participating tailgate locations will indicate where tailgaters can taste and vote for their favorite gumbo flavoring. “Voting” will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The voting jar with the most money will win the 2019 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally, a Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples from each of the gumbo chefs conducted during tailgating.
Both winners will be announced during the football game and will receive Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
Tailgaters have until Nov. 1 to register. The contest is open to any group, whether or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call 985-549-5437.
All funds raised benefit SAAC, which has adopted the cook-off as its annual signature fund-raising event.