Celebrating 27 years
Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off
Gumbo is back, baby.
Are you an aspiring gumbo chef or a professional that’s got this nailed down? Join in the fun at gumbo cook-off and show us what you’ve got! If you are better-suited to snacking, then come taste what our 20 gumbo chefs have cooked up in the park and vote for your favorite. Samples are a mere 75¢ each!
“Gumbo” is a Cajun soup containing roux or gumbo file (dried sassafras leaves). It usually contains a variety of meats and or seafood, okra and other ingredients & seasonings served over rice.
Gumbo tasting in Manitou Springs is serious businesses and is the early-morning kick-off to the Carnivale Weekend. Professional and amateur chefs offer their best pot of gumbo for judges and snackers. Cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as judged.
Best smelling place in town today!– Angel H.
What a fun event! Our family loved tasting all the gumbo and getting to vote for our favorite! – Sharon N.
Gumbo questions, Gumbo answers
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I participate?
We have 2 divisions; Professional and Amateur. Your choice (though we’d suggest only selecting professional if your day job is being a chef) Fill out the gumbo application EARLY as we only have 20 spaces available!
Is the event free to attend?
Yes! You are welcome to walk around and smell the gumbo, but if you want to actually taste gumbo, you’ll need to get tickets, 3 for $2 or 1 for $.75.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs and food won’t mesh at this event. Please leave your pup at home or you can’t be invited into the pavilion for sampling the delicious gumbos.
Gumbo is serious business in Manitou Springs, and we’ve got Gumbo Rules to live by. If you are planning on cooking up a pot, then review these rules first!
Ready to tackle the gumbo cook-off?
Signing up is easy, but we only have 20 spaces, and it’s first come, first served (pun intended).