Great Cajun Cook-Off & Food Fest

Gumbo and Jambalaya Competitors in Phoenix

© 2012 Judy Hedding

The Great Cajun Cook-Off is a cooking competition among amateurs in the categories of gumbo and jambalaya. Local residents vie to win the title of Best Gumbo and/or Best Jambalaya. Judging is done by both popular vote (attendees taste and vote) and a panel of local celebrity judges.

The first Great Cajun Cook-Off & Food Fest took place in 2006 and became an annual tradition after that inaugural event. It is a fundraiser for the Cajun Cactus Foundation charities. In 2012 those charities benefiting are The St.

Bernard Project, Habitat for Humanity Central AZ, New Life Center and Waste Not.

See pictures of a previous Great Cajun Cook-Off & Food Fest.

When is the Great Cajun Cook-Off & Food Fest?

No event scheduled in spring 2013. It may be rescheduled for the fall.

Where is it?

The Lath House Pavilion at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. Here is a map with directions to Heritage Square.

How do I get tickets for the Great Cajun Cook-Off & Food Fest and how much are they?

Tickets are available online.

Adult General Admission, purchased online by March 31: $30
Adult General Admission, purchased after March 31: $35
Adult V.I.C., purchased online by March 31: (Very Important Cajun): $45
Adult V.I.C., purchased after March 31: (Very Important Cajun): $50
Youth Admission (ages 4 to 14), purchased online by March 31: $5
Youth Admission (ages 4 to 14), purchased after March 31: $10
Children ages up to 3 years old are free.

There may be ticket charges in addition to prices mentioned above for tickets purchased online after March 31st.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $40 each.

Are there any single ticket discounts available?

Other than the Early Bird pricing, not that I know of.

What else should I know about the Great Cajun Cook-Off & Food Fest?

All tickets include access to all tastings and entertainment, unlimited soda and water. Attendees who are 21+ may purchase beer tickets. People who don't purchase V.I.C. tickets may bring lawn chairs. Crawfish plates will be offered for an extra charge.

In addition to the amateur chefs who compete for best jambalaya and best gumbo honors, you'll be able to sample the creations of other chefs that include sausages, ribs, sliders, corn bread, desserts and more. The V.I.C. special ticket includes reserved seating at a priority table, early entry at a dedicated gate, two beer coupons.

In addition to the food, there will be musical entertainment -- Southern Rock, Zydeco, Jazz and Blues -- and activities for the kids.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.