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Prepare for sizzling excitement, Saturday, as local teams compete to be the best cast iron cajun chefs.

Downtown Houma will be filled with 30 local teams battling in the second Cast Iron Cookoff, 11am to 3pm, February 8, presented by People’s Drug Store. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Houma.

“When you leave it to the peoples’ choice, they still want that down home taste,” said Andre Brunet, co-owner of Peoples Drug Store, and Rotary Club of Houma member.

General admission is $5, and those in attendance get to sample dishes and vote for their favorites. At the end, these will be tallied for the Myers McAllister People’s Choice Award.

“The ones that do well and compete well actually go back to your distinct southern cuisines along the lines of your sauce piquantes, your gumbos, your etouffees,” Brunet said.

Teams will also compete for 1st and 2nd place in three categories: Meat/Game, Seafood, and Dessert. This will be judged by a board of local cooks.

Preparations can be made off-site, but teams must do all cooking on-site in cast iron cookware.

Drinks including beer, as well as sweets of all kinds, will be for sale. The Rotary Club of Houma will also be selling raffle tickets for sacks of crawfish for Easter weekend. Live music will be provided by Beep Beep and the Jeeps. Magical Entertainment by Frank and Tammy will provide free balloon animals and face painting.

All proceeds benefit the many service projects of the Rotary Club of Houma that assist those in need in our community. Some of these service projects include: boxes of supplies, food, and more for veterans in transitional housing; ongoing donations to the local food bank; working with Coteau Bayou Blue Elementary to provide for students in need; educational and leadership development at local elementary and high schools; and more.

Last year around $12,000 was raised.

The Houma Cast Iron Cookoff is supported by local sponsors, including People’s Drug Store, United Community Bank, Houma Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3 Cord Solutions, Alford & Associates, Fletcher Technical Community College, Houma Downtown Development Corporation, P3 Global Personnel, South Louisiana Bank, Synergy Bank, and The Suites of Sugar Mill Point.