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Southern Cast Iron’s Cookoff!

Southern Cast Iron’s Cookoff!

Southern Cast Iron magazine is having its inaugural cast iron cookoff event in Lake Charles, Louisiana on November 1 and 2, 2019. The affair promises to be a fantastic time for contestants and spectators alike. And…I’ve got a discount code for registrants!


On Friday, there will be a cast-iron expo and farmer’s market from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday is the main event. Teams of amateur cooks will compete skillet to skillet in a cast-iron cook-off from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The awards ceremony – billed as having over $10,000 in prizes! – will be from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. I am told that first place winners will receive cash and prizes worth $1500; second place $750; and third place $500.

After all of the excitement of the cook-off and awards, country music artist Craig Morgan will perform.

You can see the full schedule for the event here.

Team Registration

Here’s a little overview of the event for competitors, from the Southern Cast Iron site:

At-home chefs are invited to preregister in their choice of four categories and prepare original dishes on-site in cast iron for judging. A panel of food-loving judges from across the country will select the top three dishes for each category – Meat & Game, Seafood, Sweet & Savory Baking, and Vegetables & Sides.

I make some mean cast-iron casseroles (I was born and raised in Minnesota – hotdish heaven!) in my Griswold cast iron chicken pan; I wonder what category that would fall under. Where does Minnesota-style “goulash hot dish” fit in?

Team registration guidelines are here. While teams ordinarily have a $250 registration fee, readers of vintagecastironllc.com may use the code CASTIRONCOOK15 to receive a $100 discount on registration. Registration includes tickets to the welcome reception, a 10’ x 20’ outdoor cook-off space with a lighted 10’ x 10’ tent, 6’ table, branded team name sign, reserved parking, power plug, and water access. Teams may register here.

I have a conflict and am so sad that I can’t make this event. If you can’t make it, you can follow along with the event on Southern Cast Iron’s social media.1 There are some fantastic cast-iron chefs and cooks, and I would love to root for them as they compete in Lake Charles. Good luck to all!

  1. You can find the links to Southern Cast Iron’s social media channels in the top bar of their front page, here.

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