Fat Tuesday festivities in Keystone include gumbo competition, live music
If you go
What: Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party
2:30-3:30 p.m. — DJ spinning tunes
2:30-5 p.m. — Gumbo tasting ($12 for unlimited sampling)
3-3:30 p.m. — Professional and People’s Choice judging
3:30-5 p.m. — Free live music from Funky Johnson
5 p.m. — Gumbo competition winners announced
Where: River Run Village, Keystone
Cost: Admission is free
More information: Visit http://www.keystoneneighbourhood.com
Mardi Gras comes to River Run Village at Keystone on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Fat Tuesday in Keystone is fit for all ages and includes free live music, giant games, a cash bar and Summit County’s best gumbo prepared by local chefs inspired by the official cuisine of the great state of Louisiana.
Whether you prefer Cajun or Creole style, you surely won’t go hungry, as restaurants from Keystone and beyond put their pride on the line and whip up their best batches of gumbo to be judged in both the Professional and People’s Choice categories.
Official judges will rank their first and second choices in the seafood, exotic and chicken and sausage classifications, where $1,000 in prize money will be up for grabs. Bragging rights and a little cash will be awarded in the People’s Choice category and will be determined by visitors. The Keystone Neighbourhood Co. will also be giving out a Team Spirit award this year, so participants are encouraged to dress up their booths and put together their best Mardi Gras costumes. Unlimited Gumbo tasting bracelets are $12 and available onsite at the event in the River Run Village.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras party without some tunes.
Local favorite Funky Johnson is back and will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. This high-energy, Summit County-based band will be delivering the funk while the partygoers dance away or kick back with a Keystone Kane, the resort’s version of the hurricane, from the bar.
The Keystone Mardi Gras Party combines food and music into one grand Fat Tuesday celebration while doing its part to bring a little Southern hospitality to the mountains. Don your best green and gold, break out the beads and head to River Run Village at Keystone.
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