Cooks sign up for Jambalaya Festival cooking contest

Mary-Glenn Smith

On Monday, 115 cooks signed up to participate in the 43rd Annual Jambalaya Festival’s Jambalaya cooking contest at the Gonzales Civic Center.

The cooking aspirants are getting ready for the Jambalaya Festival Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30 at the Gonzales Civic Center in Gonzales.

“There will probably be more cooks sign up between now and the start of the contest,” JFA President Wally Taillon said.

The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, craft booths, art show, car show, cooking contests, a variety of food, and lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy.

The Champion of the Champions cooking contest will be Thursday at 2 p.m. Past jambalaya cooking champions will compete cooking pork and sausage jambalaya. The 2010 Champ of Champs will be announced at 6 p.m. followed by serving jambalaya.

A mini-pot cooking contest will be Saturday in front of the KC Hall and will benefit Dream Day Foundation for St. Jude Children. The contest for children ages 12 years old and under will begin at 10 a.m along with the competition for the 13-17 year old age group.

“We are expecting to have a lot more in the mini pot cooking contest this year,”  said  Taillon.  “There will probably 75-100 little cooks out there; it’s going to be a good thing.”

The mini-pot contest for ages 18 and older begins at 2 p.m.

There will also be a World Record Jambalaya Pot Cooking Saturday at 10 a.m.

“It will take about four hours to cook it,” Taillon said. “We are using 700 pounds of rice and 1400 pounds meat,” he said. That is 50 more pounds of rice than we used last year.”

Other events include the Jambalaya Festival carnival that begins on Wednesday and  continues throughout the weekend.

There will be a 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday at 8 a.m. beginning in front of the civic center.

The car show, hosted by Cajun Classic Chevy Club starts Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be live music all weekend for Jambalaya Festival go-ers to enjoy free of charge.

“We are going to have more bands this year than ever before,” Taillon added. “We will have three music stages and have about 27 bands lined up for the weekend.”

Bands playing at the festival include: Foret Tradition, Water’s Edge, Chee-Weez, Bits and Pieces, Bag of Donuts, T-Boy Moore and Just Us, Ampersand, Blue-Eyed Soul, Hip Boot Joe, Mojeaux, Coozan, All-Star Band, Steve and Mike Broussard, Van and Grace Broussard, Bryant Richard, David Adams, Fly by Nite, Na Na Sha, Kenny Cornett and Killin’ Time, Ken Marvel and Jiven’ Gene, Gary T and Southern Breeze, Kenny Fife and Bac Trac, Chris LeBlanc and Luther Kent, Not for Sale, Lil’ Bayou Band, TG and J, Top Notch, Back Lit Stereo, and Ghost Riders.For more information visit