Belong to a Losing Barbecue Team? Goose Creek Needs You

The city of Goose Creek has secured a musical act (the Shem Creek Boogie Band) and cornhole boards for its Beach and BBQ Festival later this month, but it still needs competitors for its Boston butt cook-off.

Teams are being invited to submit entry applications for the Apr. 26 event; it costs $40 to play, and the winner takes home $250. Only amateurs are allowed to compete, which means teams that have won or placed in an event sanctioned by the South Carolina Barbecue Association since April 25, 2013 aren’t eligible.

Entry forms must be filed by Apr. 14. To learn more, call 569-4242.

Krewe of Charleston Announces Gumbo Cookoff

There are nearly half a dozen significant holidays between now and Mardi Gras, but the Krewe of Charleston is encouraging home cooks to start planning their gumbos.

The group is staging a Gumbo Cookoff on Feb. 9, in conjunction with its Grand Finale event at the Charleston Area Convention Center. “The rules are simple,” Krewe captain Donnie Bulliard writes. “Gotta be from scratch and made with fresh ingredients.”

Prizes will be awarded for the Best Chicken and Sausage Gumbo; Best Seafood Gumbo; Best Presentation; People’s Choice and Best in Show. To register, e-mail captain@charlestonmardigras.com or call 408-5261.