Inaugural Jersey Gumbo Cookoff & Musicfest Coming Saturday, June 15!
SOMERS POINT, N.J. — The Louisianan Bayou will be flowing through southern New Jersey on Saturday, June 15, when Somers Point Fire Company #1 is transformed into a swampy, steaming collection of gumbo kettles and down-home sounds. Dis gonna be one jumbo gumbo and music fest, ya hear?
Guests can taste and experience a world-class music festival starring popular world music/Louisiana Zydeco headliner and Grammy award-winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, original Springsteen E Street Band drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez and his Key West Caribbean party band License to Chill, and Blues Music Award winner Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone and his Cajun Rock/New Orleans R&B band.
More than 20 local chefs, restaurants and celebrity cooks will be serving up all kinds of gumbo — chicken and sausage gumbo, seafood gumbo, Jersey crab gumbo, okra gumbo, shrimp gumbo, vegetarian gumbo, pork and beef gumbo too! And you can taste it all for the price of admission.
There will be a wide assortment of other foods available for purchase including famous Formica Brothers tomato pies, cannoli, biscotti and Italian pasta dishes from Joe’s Maplewood, Jr’s Doughnuts and Dogs, real southern-style smoked barbeque and healthy frozen yogurt pies. The event will also feature a beer-and-wine garden with an assortment of imported and domestic and international wines, mixed drinks, Caribbean rum punch, Key West margaritas, New Orleans hurricanes and beads, beads and more beads!
In addition to all the gumbo you can taste, guests will be allowed to vote for their “People’s Choice” for the best seafood/vegetarian and the best meat/poultry gumbo. The world class music festival begins at 1pm with live music, dancing and partying until 10pm.
VIP tickets include early entry for “exclusive tasting” at 11am and special VIP seating and partying areas near the stage. General Admission starts at noon with tickets priced at just $20. VIP tickets are $30. Tickets for the event will go on sale March 1.
A portion of the proceeds from “Jersey Gumbo” will benefit three community service organizations — Seashore Gardens, Access One and the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Foundation. The host sponsor for the event, Somers Point Volunteer Fire Company #1, will also benefit from the proceeds of the event.
Somers Point Fire Company #1 is located by the ball fields on Bethel Road in Somers Point.
For more details, information and tickets, go to Tonymart.com, call Tony Mart Presents at (609) 653-6069, or call Ed Blake and Associates at (609) 645-3330.
Tags: Access On, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, seashore gardens, Shirley Mae Breast Cancer Foundation, Somers Point Fire Company #1, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Tony Mart Presents, Vini Lopez and License to Chill