Live music and unlimited samples of dozens of pots of gumbo and jambalaya are just around the corner as United Way of St. Charles is gearing up to host Battle for the Paddle 2022 on Thursday.
The family-friendly event invites families, businesses, and industry teams from across the region to compete for the titles of Best Jambalaya and Best Gumbo. This year live music will be presented by Nashville South.
“I am really looking forward to Battle for the Paddle,” UWSC Executive Director John Dias said. “I think that after the last couple of years, our community needs a feel-good, positive neighborhood party, and Battle for the Paddle provides that experience.”
The 2020 contest was cancelled because of the pandemic, and last year the event was cancelled because of the destruction brought on by Hurricane Ida.
The event is open to the public, and there is a $5 gate fee to attend. Cooking team registration is $200.
The Battle for the Paddle gate will open Thursday at 3 p.m., and the event will last until 7:30 p.m. Battle for the Paddle will be held at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, which is located at 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling.
For more information on Battle for the Paddle, to pre-purchase gate tickets, or to register a cooking team, visit www.uwaysc.org. Traffic, shuttle, and parking information will be added to the site soon, organizers said.