A new Houma tradition will continue this spring.

The Houma Cast Iron Cookoff, presented by the Rotary Club of Houma will return to downtown on Feb. 8.

Team registration is now underway and teams are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Teams can cook any type of food that they wish so long as all the food is cooked in cookware made of cast iron.

Prizes, trophies and bragging rights will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place in the categories of Meat/Game, Seafood, and Desserts, as well as overall winner of the Myers McAllister People's Choice Award.

The latter award is named after friend and Rotarian Myers McAllister, who played an important part in our inaugural Houma Cast Iron Cookoff.

There are space restrictions, so interested teams should secure their spot as soon as possible.

Guidelines and registration forms can be found at www.HoumaCastIron.com.

At the inaugural event earlier this year, 30 teams cooked their best dishes including sauce piquant, pork route, crawfish etouffee, duck and oyster gumbo and much more for more than 650 attendees.

All proceeds from the event benefit the many service projects of the Rotary Club of Houma, which assists the community, including leadership development programs at local elementary and high schools; community service projects with local non-profit organizations, as well as projects to benefit local veterans and ongoing donations to local food bank; and education development with projects such as Dictionary Giveaway, Rotary Reads, and Coteau Bayou Blue Elementary Partnership.

The event will be Feb. 8, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Houma Courthouse Square and surrounding downtown area.

General admission is $5, which includes ability to sample entered dishes and the ability to vote on your favorites.

The event also features live music, yard games and more family-friendly fun.

The cookoff is presented by People’s Drug Store and sponsored by United Community Bank, The Suites at Sugar Mill Point, Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Synergy Bank.

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