A couple weekends ago we attended the Tailgating Throwdown at the farmer’s market downtown. It’s a cooking competition open to everyone, but competitors must use locally sources ingredients from the market. You buy tasting tickets and vote for your favorite team. All the proceeds benefit the Farmer’s Market, which is organized by BREADA.

Farmer’s Market

I didn’t take the best pictures, as I was volunteering at the event. But here are some snapshots. Teams made dishes such as Callas, Zucchini and Squash rolls, Catfish on a stick (batter made with pork rinds) with some cane sauce (pretty delicious), and Butternut squash soup, just to name a few. They also had Mimosas and Bloody Marys for sale and live Zydeco music.

Tailgating Throwdown

Overall, we had a lot of fun. It’s a nice way to spend your morning, especially on a beautiful day. They also had events set up for the children, like their very own mini farmer’s market. Oh and before I forget, the winner this year (decided by the judges) was LSU Press and their Calas dish.  People’s Choice Award went to Forum35 and their Butternut Squash and Andouille soup.

LSU Press