Cross Creek Ranch Serves Up Gumbo Cookoff Nov. 6

A gumbo cookoff benefiting the Fulshear Police Foundation will be held 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Cross Creek Ranch. Admission is free.

Cross Creek Ranch will be the site of gumbo “krewes” competing for a good cause during the Fulshear Police Foundation Gumbo Cookoff, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Cross Creek Ranch Welcome Center, 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane.

This will be the first year the Fulshear master-planned community has hosted the event, which raises $20,000 to $30,000 each year, said event organizer Derek Einkauf. All proceeds are used to fund items outside the Fulshear Police Department’s normal budget.

“The mission of the Fulshear Police Foundation is to promote community involvement, provide needed equipment, training and technology to maintain the excellence and professionalism and safety of the Fulshear Police Department,” Einkauf said. “Some examples of these purchases have been body cameras, individual triage kits, training, workout equipment, Citizens Police Academy, lockers and more.”

Gumbo teams must cook and present a minimum of five gallons of gumbo. It must be made from scratch except for the roux, which can be pre-made. Creations are judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place. The team that raises the most money will receive the Lagniappe Award.

“We have everything from first time to professional chefs competing and with the same goal of supporting a great cause,” Einkauf said.

For those who would rather taste than compete, there will be live Zydeco music, a silent auction, food vendors, classic cars, fire trucks, police vehicles and games hosted by the gumbo krewes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the various gumbos and vote on their favorite. Admission is free.

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