Center First UMC Announces 2nd Annual Soup, Chili, Gumbo Cook-off

February 10, 2020 (Registration Form– Save the date and join us for an evening of family fun, food, fellowship and a friendly time of cooking competition! Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) Missions Committee will host their second annual Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off competition on Sunday, February 23, 2020 beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the church Fellowship Hall located at 211 Porter Street.

The cooking competition is open to all ages, all local organizations and amateur cooks only. A non-refundable entry fee of $10.00 secures table space. Advance registration is required by Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Teams will be allowed to begin space set-up at 3:00 p.m. Food and space judging begins at 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Teams will have the opportunity to compete in one of the food categories as well as the Best Decorated Table Space category by decorating their table with a theme of the team’s choice.

Cook-off event ticket donations are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for youth ages 4 to12 and children age 3 and under are free; event tickets will be available at the door. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. for competition food sampling, which includes soup, chili and gumbo samples, crackers, and drinks. Adult ticket holders will receive 5 tickets to vote for their favorite Soup, Chili or Gumbo and youth ages 4-12 will receive 3 voting tickets. Additional voting tickets will be available at the event for $1.00 each. First Place People’s Choice awards will be presented in each Soup, Chili and Gumbo category and for the Best Decorated Table Space. Winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to this year’s event, a silent auction will be held during the cook-off competition. All proceeds from the cook-off fundraiser will benefit Center First United Methodist Church Missions. 

For complete event rules and team entry registration, please visit the First UMC website at For additional information, please contact Becky Parfait, Center First UMC Missions Soup, Chili and Gumbo Cook-off Coordinator at (936) 332-3456, or Pastor Karen Jones at (936) 598-2707.