Inaugural Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators Set for March 9 in Shreveport, Louisiana

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Gumbo Cook-off to Benefit Volunteers for Youth Justice

A promotional image for the inaugural Gumbo Gladiators event on March 9, 2013

A promotional image for the inaugural Gumbo Gladiators event on March 9, 2013

The quest is on to see who has the best gumbo in Northwest Louisiana and beyond!

The quest is on to see who has the best gumbo in Northwest Louisiana and beyond. Volunteers for Youth Justice (VYJ) is hosting its first-ever Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators, a gumbo cook-off on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport. Gumbo winners will be selected by local celebrity judges as well as a people’s choice winner, and live music will be provided by the Glenn Rainey Band.

Sponsors, teams and vendors are needed to make this a fantastic and fun event. Sponsorships range from $100 to $2,500 and feature a variety of promotions, food tickets, event t-shirts and other incentives to sponsoring partners. Cost to enter the cook-off is $100 for either non-seafood or seafood gumbo, or $125 to compete with both. The winning team in each category is awarded $400. Teams can also decorate their tents and provide incentives at their booth to compete for the $250 People's Choice Award. Non-food vendors are also being sought, with the cost for a vendor booth just $25. Louisiana-themed or Louisiana-made items are preferred, and vendor space is limited.

All proceeds from Battle of the Gumbo Gladiators support Volunteers for Youth Justice, a non-profit organization providing critical services to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Northwest Louisiana.

To learn more about the event, register a team or become a sponsor, visit the official website: http://www.gumbogladiators.com. Non-food vendors interested in participating should contact Amie Roberts at 318-425-4413.

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