Celebrate Mardi Gras early this weekend in lovely Manitou Springs. Top home and pro chefs alike will compete in the 23rd annual Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off.The competition begins at 8am on Saturday, Feb 25th and runs until 1pm, but try to get there early so you can try all the gumbos. Judging and public tastings begin at 10:45am in Soda Springs Park. Awards are announced at noon.
The cost is only $1 for two samples of gumbo. Entrants cook for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, as well as “Best Showmanship” and “People’s Choice” awards.
The Serenity Springs Wildlife Center will be there with tigers cubs, so any ages are welcome to pay a fee to pet and play with the animals. It’s followed by the Carnivale Parade in downtown Manitou, where everyone gets free beads!