May 20 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm CDT

The Propeller Club, Port of Mobile, will host the 25th Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook-Off at Cooper Riverside Park on May 20, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  The Gumbo Cook-off recognizes National Maritime Day, a day annually set aside to recognize America’s maritime industry, and especially those who serve at sea.  The Gumbo Cook-off celebrates Mobile’s waterfront, on the waterfront, which serves as the featured attraction for the event from scenic Cooper Riverside Park. The Cook-off also highlights GulfQuest, the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico, and all proceeds from the event will go to support GulfQuest.

The Gumbo Cook-off will feature maritime displays, activities for kids, music, and, of course GUMBO!  Tickets to attend are $15 for 13 and over, and will include gumbo, beer and soft drinks. Registered teams will compete for the best tasting gumbo as decided by a distinguished panel of judges. Food service establishments have the option to participate non-competitively with recipe samples other than gumbo.

KIDS ACTIVITIES:  GulfQuest will have games and art projects for kids. Free hot dogs and popcorn will be available while supplies last (for kids of all ages).

There are three ways to participate in the Gumbo Cook-Off (and you can participate in any or all):  as an Attendee, as a Sponsor, and as a Team.

Team Registration $200: Make sure to choose your tent spot when registering your team. When registering, teams will select their 15’x15’ space on the waterfront. Please note this allows for a typical 10’x10’ popup style tent with nearly 2’ on either side between your tent and the next tent.
Please note that tent location is subject to adjustment pending the number of teams.


Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Beverage Sponsor
Steiner Construction

Entertainment Sponsor
Oakworth Capital Bank

T-Shirt Sponsors
Port City Rentals
Crescent Towing
Hyundai Glovis
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
Cowles, Murphy, Glover & Associates

Barry A. Vittor & Assoc. Inc.
Alabama Port Authority
Oil Recovery Company
Armbrecht Jackson
e-worc marketing & advertising
Host Agency

Hooks Marine Terminal
Parker Towing
Core Industries
Thompson CAT
Advanced Technical Staffing

Calagaz Printing
Burr Forman
Norton Lilly International
Page & Jones
Mobile Bar Pilots

Gumbo Cook-off Teams

Booth NumberBooth Number
1Parker Towing Company11Page & Jones (Hot Dogs!)
2Armbrecht Jackson12Page & Jones
3Alabama Port Authority13Karl Senner, LLC
4Hand, Arendall, Harrison, Sale14US Coast Guard ATC Mobile
5Alabama Shipyard15OHC
6Norton Lilly International16Crescent Towing
7The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.17Core Industries
8Lewis Pest Control18Oil Recovery Co
9Catholic Maritime Ministry 26Seabulk Towing
10Mobile Bar Pilots, LLC27APM Terminals

If you need any additional information, please contact:
Tami Bell-Dembski: | 251-525-1021 or Wendy Crocker: | 251-680-7716

Click here to download the flyer and details.

Cooper Riverside Park

101 S Water St
Mobile, Alabama 36602 United States
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Purchase Tickets

Online ticket sales are open until May 17th at 5 PM, but we will have tickets available at the gate. You can also purchase t-shirts online with your tickets. We have three spots left if you haven’t signed your team up.


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking “Get Tickets” will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Attendee Ticket
For attendees 13 and over
$ 15.00

Gumbo Cookoff - Tickets, Teams, and Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring or attending the Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cookoff. This form is designed to allow you to register and pay for tickets, shirts and sponsorships. You will receive an email receipt upon completion. If your organization requires payment by invoice, please contact: Tami Bell-Dembski: | 251-525-1021 or Wendy Crocker: | 251-680-7716 to register for this event.
Registrant Name(Required)
We will use this email address to send your confirmation receipt and communicate with you about event details.


Price: $2,000.00
Primary Logo on banner at website entrance, Cookoff team, 10 tickets, recognition on website, social media and emails, logo on t-shirt and speech at awards ceremony.
Max. file size: 50 MB.
Price: $1,000.00
Logo on banner at website entrance, 4 tickets, logo on t-shirt, recognition on website, social media and emails, and mention at awards ceremony.
Max. file size: 50 MB.
Price: $750.00
Thank you Steiner Construction for your sponsorship! Your sponsorship helps us pay for beverages for our attendees. Your organization will be recognized online, on event emails and you will receive audio recognition at the event.
Price: $550.00
Your sponsorship helps us pay for the DJ and audio equipment. Your organization will be recognized online, on event emails and you will receive audio recognition at the event.
Price: $250.00
Please enter your business name as you would like it to appear on the t-shirt and other promotional materials
As a sponsor, you will receive one-t-shirt and every effort will be made to provide the size requested.


Price: $200.00
Team registration INCLUDES tickets for 10 persons. Note that all team members are required to have “tickets” (wristbands).
Please see map at the TOP of the page. Every effort will be made to put you in your preferred location.


Price: $15.00
For attendees 13 and over
Price: $20.00
Payment Method
You can use PayPal, Debit Card or Credit Card.