Over the weekend my husband and I attended the Inaugural Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It was hosted by Southern Cast Iron Magazine and a number of awesome sponsors. The weekend was so much fun. We were able to watch several different cooking demonstrations, learn all about different types of cast iron and their care, eat tons of fantastic food all made in cast iron, and listened to some awesome music.
The Schedule of Events…
Friday and Saturday were full of fun cooking demonstrations hosted by different chefs and team members of Southern Cast Iron Magazine. We attended several of these and the recipes looked and smelled phenomenal. We also attended a few demonstrations about seasoning and caring for cast iron. (I learned some really neat tricks and will definitely be doing a more in-depth post on this soon.)
I really enjoyed several of the cooking demonstrations. The demonstrations were so informative and the recipes being made were delicious cajun and creole fare.
The cook-off was located in the Lake Charles Civic Center. The inside had the cooking demonstrations and sponsor booths. The outside was set up with tents for the competitors, a large stage with music acts, and several different food trucks and beverage stations.
The Cook-Off was judged in four different categories–Meat & Game, Seafood, Sweet & Savory Baking, and Vegetables & Sides. Each category was judged and given a 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prize with more than $10,000 in prizes awarded. The winners will also be featured online and in print through Southern Cast Iron magazine. (We were present for the awards ceremony but unable to photograph the winners due to the crowd, but the winners were so excited and definitely deserving of their prizes. Make sure to check out Southern Cast Iron for a list of the winners and their award-winning recipes.)
The Sponsors & Booths
Of course, you can’t have a Cast Iron Cook-Off without cast iron. And you can’t have a festival in Louisiana without a few alligators. The booths and sponsors were amazing and most offered different foods (everything from crawfish cakes to red beans) that we could sample.
I definitely can’t wait to attend next year’s Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off and maybe I’ll even enter. It would definitely be hard competing against all of the amazing competitors that they had this year, but it definitely would be fun. Thanks to Hoffman Media for providing me the tickets to attend.