About Gumbo Gala

WorkPlay cooking gumbo
Second Line Parade Sax
Apostles with Fire 2016
Second Line Parade sax and singer
Cutie Patooties Joe Walding cooking gumbo
EP women's team

Gumbo Gala is....

  • a gumbo cooking competition featuring backyard chefs, professional chefs, and students

  • guests enjoy a delicious array of gumbos from chicken and sausage to seafood and gator

  • teams compete in a variety of categories and vie for coveted titles and bragging rights

  • one of the largest gumbo competitions in the South

  • open to the public (Entry is $20.  T-shirts are $15.  Kids ages 12 and under receive complimentary admission.)

Lagniappe (lan-yap)... Cajun for "a little something extra"

  • Margeaux and the Cats Meow (a 10 piece band) will perform live

  • Second Line Parade

  • kids' zone

  • food truck & ice cold beverages

  • local art and merchandise for sale

  • pets are welcome, too

How it all started.....

Fifteen years ago, Episcopal Place Board members, staff, and volunteers produced a fundraising event that would be unique and fun for the community and for the Episcopal Place residents it would benefit.  Four couples from Louisiana had recently moved into Episcopal Place after losing their homes to Hurricane Katrina.  Knowing how much they missed their food, music, and culture, EP staff members developed the concept for Gumbo Gala in their honor.  And the rest is Gumbo Gala history!

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Photography credits by Billy Brown & Sara Walker