More than 100 teams will cook for the crown this weekend at the 49th annual Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales.
The event starts Friday along Irma Boulevard. There, 106 cooking teams will be winnowed down to 12 teams for Sunday’s championship round. Finalists will cook a total of three times during the weekend.
The jambalayas are tasted by five judges. Some of the criteria judges are casting their votes on include rice cooking, color, and overall taste.
The champion receives $2,000 from the festival association, a ring, and 13-gallon pot.
Outside of the big contest, the festival will host mini-pot competitions Saturday morning. On Friday evening, there will be a Champ of Champions cooking contest, too, featuring past champions making signature jambalayas.
The festival also include carnival rides through the weekend. Music will be performed on two stages and inside the Gonzales Civic Center. This year’s headlining acts include Na Na Sha and the Chee-Weez on Friday, Sammy Kershaw on Saturday, and LeRoux on Sunday.
A 5K race and 1-mile fun run start at 7 a.m. Saturday, and a car show begins at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The festival is free and open to the public.