Rouxlin on the River



Saturday, November 9

You do not want to miss Southwest Georgia’s first Regional Gumbo and Brunswick Stew Competition!

This event is organized by the Mardi Gras Society of SWGA to raise funds for NonProfit Organizations in our SWGA area!

Come out with your friends and family and sample the best SWGA has to offer!

OR sign up a team and compete for $500 1st Prize, $250 2nd Prize and $100 3rd Prize!


Sign Up!


Team Rules


The event is located at the Earl May Boat Basin in Bainbridge Georgia. Each team will have a 10 x 10 space.

 Teams are encouraged to decorate their area with a theme to attract more attention and encourage a fun environment.

OR get a business to sponsor your team and they can decorate the tent as advertising at the event!

Teams must furnish their cooking equipment including gas cookers. Electricity and shared sinks will be available.



Gumbo and Brunswick Stew must be prepared on-site.

The  Roux must be made from scratch on-site. Do not use powdered or jar roux.

Other ingredients, such as protein, veggies and stock may be prepared in advance. Spices and secret ingredients may be used for seasoning purposes.

Teams must prepare a minimum of 10 gallons of gumbo and/or brunswick stew and provide your own rice. Teams must bring their own ladles for serving gumbo.

Teams are required to provide samples (approx. ¼ cup) of their gumbo and/or brunswick stew to the public (in the provided cups).

Teams will collect TWO tickets for each sample given.



Each team will designate a team captain, who is responsible for seeing that each assigned area is kept clean and that the judging sample is taken to the appropriate area.

The Team Captain will be required to attend the MANDATORY team meeting Saturday morning at 8:00 AM.  Rules and important details will be discussed and each team will receive their supplies.

Teams are responsible for their own garbage and should dispose of the garbage in the designated cans in the cook-off area.



Check in and set up begins at 6:00 am. Please check in with the Gumbo Teams Chairperson. Teams must have their areas ready to go for the public by 11:30 AM.

The Cook-Off will be open to the public at noon and sampling will begin at that time.



Our judging process is double-blind.  Containers for judging gumbo and brunswick stew will be provided by MGS at the mandatory team meeting. Team captains will be responsible for ensuring their team’s gumbo and/or brunswick stew is at the judging station at the designated time (details provided during Mandatory Team Meeting).

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at approximately 1:00 p.m.


Appearance: has a good gumbo roux color appropriate to the category of gumbo
Aroma: should smell appetizing
Consistency: stirs like a good gumbo (thickness of base, etc.)
Texture: balanced quantity of ingredients.
Flavor: tastes like a well-balanced gumbo, pleasing to the palate
Cooking conditions are subject to inspection.

The People’s Choice is chosen based on the most votes received by the team.

The Team Spirit and Best Booth awards will be judged by team attitude (HAVE FUN!), booth decoration, team costumes or any other form of team flair you can imagine.

Failure to follow these rules will be grounds for disqualification. The Rouxlin on the River Planning Committee and Representatives of MGS reserve the right to make additional regulations as situations warrant. All times stated in these regulations are subject to change. Gumbo Teams will be notified if changes are made.

Decisions of the committee and judges are final.



Judges’ Awards:

  • 1st Place Gumbo – $500
  • 2nd Place Gumbo – $250
  • 3rd Place Gumbo – $100
  • 1st Place Brunswick Stew $500
  • 2nd Place Brunswick Stew $250
  • 3rd Place Brunswick Stew $100

People’s Choice:

  • 1st Place – $100
  • 2nd and 3rd place winners announced
  • Team Spirit/Best Booth: Trophy



  • Limited glass bottles and/or glass containers will be allowed in the cook-off area.
  • A minimum of 10 gallons of each gumbo and/or brunswick stew entered must be prepared.
  • Teams may listen to their own music before the event starts but after noon, no music may be played by teams. There will be a band playing music for the entire festival area.
  • Other than gumbo or brunswick stew, no outside food or drinks may be sold to the public by teams. MGS will provide concessions for sale during this event.
  • Please make sure your area is clean and all trash has been removed from your site before leaving. Please have your area vacated by 7:00 p.m.
  • MGS has the right to refuse or accept any application.



Registration is $100 per team  with an additional $25 fee to enter each additional category (quantity rules apply for each gumbo or brunswick stew entered).



Registration and payment must be received by October 25, 2024. There will be no refund for cancellation.