Gumbo Ya-Ya - Escambia County

SAVE THE DATE: 2023 Gumbo Ya Ya is set for April 22nd!

We are so excited to share that our annual Gumbo Ya Ya event will be on April 22, 2023 at Seville Quarter in Downtown Pensacola! The public tasting will begin at 4 P.M. Tickets are $15 purchased in advance, $20 at the door.

Purchase your tickets here:

Amateur and professional teams are invited to compete in this fun cook-off. As part of the rules, the three-person teams have to make gumbo from scratch. Judges will then make the decision on which teams will win various categories. Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners. 

To learn more about team registration contact Buck Mitchell at

In 2022, we raised over $3,700 and were able to share the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters with our community.

A Big Thank-you to everyone who helped make the 2022 Gumba Ya Ya Cook-off a successful event and Congratulations to all of our winners!

Winners in the Judge's Category:

1st Place - The Happy Pig - Mark Thornton,Captain
2nd Place - Krewe of DePez - Jason Singletary, Captain
3rd Place - Maria Seafood's Olde East Hill Grill - Mike Valin, Captain

Winners in the Showmanship Category (decoration, theme, and spirit):

1st Place - Peace, Love and Gumbo, Aja Barrett - Captain
2nd Place - Maria Seafood's Olde East Hill Grill, Mike Valin - Captain
3rd Place - Crewe De Roux, Mitch Miguez - Captain

Winners in the People's Choice Category:

1st Place - Krewe of DePez - Jason Singletary - Captain
2nd Place - Escambia Bay Homebrewers, Jim Martin - Captain
3rd Place - West Florida APA Sea Pirates, Butch Correll - Captain