LAKE CHARLES, La. – Southern Cast Iron announces tickets for its inaugural Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off are on sale. The event will take place Friday, November 1 through Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A celebration of cast iron culinary culture, Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off will bring together cast iron enthusiasts for a fun-filled, family-friendly event that includes an expo, cooking demonstrations, live musical entertainment, food and beverage booths, and a cook-off competition among at-home chefs.

The two-day event kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 1 with an indoor expo featuring the latest cast iron essentials and wares, cooking demonstrations, and artisan cast iron makers. The expo will be open to guests until 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, November 2, the Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off competition and expo will start at 11:00 a.m. The competition will include teams of at-home chefs from around the country preparing original dishes on-site. Teams will compete and submit their culinary creations in four categories, including meat & game, seafood, sweet & savory baking, and vegetables & sides. A panel of judges will select the top dish in each category, and winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The expo will run concurrently with the Cook-Off competition throughout the day. In addition, guests can sample cuisine or enjoy beverages from any food and drink booth throughout the event.

A full lineup of musical entertainment will accompany the event’s culinary festivities on Saturday. Feufollet will take the stage at 11:00 a.m., followed by Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie at 12:45 p.m., The Iceman Special at 2:30 p.m., Dustin Sonnier at 4:30 p.m. and country music artist Craig Morgan will headline the event at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to work with Southern Cast Iron to launch this exciting event and make it a success,” says Nancy Meeks, editor of Southern Cast Iron. “Our goal is to provide guests with a best-of-class experience that celebrates all aspects of cast iron culinary culture, and we look forward to bringing together cast iron enthusiasts for years to come.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off website. Children 12 and under receive free admission. The Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off benefits the United Way of Southwest Louisiana.

Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off sponsors include Visit Lake Charles, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, Camellia Beans, Louisiana Beef Industry Council, Lodge Cast Iron, Stargazer Cast Iron, Certified Louisiana, and No Man’s Land—Becoming Louisiana.

For more information, including the full two-day event schedule, or to register a team, visit the Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off website.

ABOUT SOUTHERN CAST IRON

Southern Cast Iron, a Hoffman Media publication, offers a look inside the world of cast-iron cooking and its history by highlighting unique collectibles, sharing care tips for cast iron cookware and providing in-depth stories of collectors, chefs and foundries.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN

About Craig Morgan: A multi-faceted entertainer, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself as a country music icon, TV personality, celebrated outdoorsman and patriotic Army veteran. One of country music's best-loved artists, Morgan has charted 25 songs on Billboard and thrills massive crowds with signature hits including “Bonfire,” Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “International Harvester,” “This Ole Boy,” Wake Up Loving You” and the four week #1, “That's What I Love About Sunday.”

Craig received one of country music's highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music star and TV sensation, Morgan spent seventeen years serving our country in the Army and Army Reserves. Morgan remains an avid supporter of America's military personnel and has made 15 overseas trips to perform for our troops. He is a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award and in 2018 was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, in recognition of his significant dedication to our military men and women around the world.

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is an authority on recognizing, measuring and mobilizing the resources to target community needs in Southwest Louisiana with a focus on education, economic mobility, health, and basic needs. 

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