Poche Plantation Arts & Crafts Show

St. James is proud to host a top quality event where proceeds will benefit St. James Parish!

Cooking Contest is for FALL SHOW ONLY!!


Cane Farmers Cup  

4th Annual Pork & Sausage
Mini-Pot Jambalaya Cook-Off

The River Parishes are known for their jambalaya, a mix of creole, cajun and everything else and the Mini-Pot can certainly be a challenge.
Are you up for it?!
This will take place Saturday, October 21, 2017
Coordinator Larry Roussel is planning a cook-off you'll be proud to be a part of.
Email Larry at [email protected] msn.com or call 225-417-8110 any questions or want to volunteer.

Poche Plantation 

4th Annual Mini Pot

Pork & Smoked Sausage

Jambalaya Cook Off 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Cane Farmers Cup

  1. Cooks must provide all of their own wood needed to cook his/her 1 quart pot of jambalaya. There is no entrance fee. 
  2. Cooks must furnish all of the ingredients needed to produce a 1 quart pot of jambalaya.
  3. Cooks are only allowed to use pork and smoked sausage in their jambalaya.


All cooking will be done on a wood fire. Youngsters are welcome to compete, however, an adult has to be nearby and must intervene should a safety issue occur. Additionally, there is no youth division, all entries, young and old, will compete on the same playing field. 

Poche Plantation Complimentary Check List

  • Wood (each cook will provide their own wood chips/blocks) Do not use wood that has been chemically treated or painted.

  • Lighters and/or matches
  • Cubed pork
  • Smoked sausage 
  • Diced onions
  • Bell pepper (optional)
  • Celery (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Shallots (optional)
  • Any other herb or spice as desired by the cook 
  • Seasoning, your favorite Cajun/Creole or any seasoning the cook desires, or,
  • Salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, granulated garlic (cooks are allowed to use as much as they would like.)
  • Rice (your favorite, you decide on the brand!)
  • Cooking oil (provided by Poche Plantation, will be available if desired by the cook)
  • Water, as much or as little as the cook desires, will be provided by Poche Plantation. (Each cook will be issued 1 pint of water for cooking purposes, but more water will be available, if needed.)
  • Lighter fluid (bottles of lighter fluid, provided by Poche Plantation, will be available, however, cooks will share this item.)

Rules and Regulations

  1. Contestants must cook on an open wood fire on the front lawn/property of Poche Plantation in Convent in a designated area provided by the Arts & Crafts committee. 
  2. Cooks may unload their supplies, then, park vehicles nearby, but a safe distant from the cooking area.
  3. Contestants must supply all of their cooking equipment; mini pot, lid, cooking utensils, pot stand, mittens and/or devices needed to lift the pot, lid and/or the stand. Cooks may use a small rake or a similar device to move hot wood in order to maintain a desired temperature for his/her jambalaya. 
  4. It is okay for cooks to use windbreakers/shields to protect their pots against wind conditions. Additionally, cooks are allowed to use mini air blowers which are used to intensify heat generated by wood fires.
  5. Contestants are also allowed to cook on elevated stands if desired.
  6. Strict food safety should be exercised by all cooks and helpers. Additionally, cooks must enforce personal safety for themselves, their helpers and on-lookers. We don’t want anyone injured by the wood fires or hot cooking equipment.
  7. Cooks can set up at 6:30 AM on Saturday, October 21st 2017. Cooking can begin at 7 AM, however all mini jambalayas must be completely cooked and ready for sampling at 11 AM. 
  8. Shortly after 11AM, all mini pots will be collected and delivered to a panel of jambalaya judges. Each pot and lid will have an identification tag attached to insure that your pot and lid are returned to you. Cooks will be able to pick up/claim his/her pot shortly after judging is completed.
  9. Winners will be announced on the entertainment stage at 1PM on Saturday, October 21st. First, Second and Third places will be awarded.

Note It might be a good idea to bring a lawn chair or two.

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail Larry Roussel at [email protected]  or call Larry at 225 417 8110.

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