MKT Distillery to hold Cajun festival in support of KCM

By R. Hans Miller | News Editor
Posted 3/25/21

MKT Distillery has announced plans to host the 3rd Annual Cajun Festival on April 10 in support of Katy Christian Ministries. The main feature of the event will be a gumbo cookoff with prizes with …

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MKT Distillery to hold Cajun festival in support of KCM

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MKT Distillery has announced plans to host the 3rd Annual Cajun Festival on April 10 in support of Katy Christian Ministries. The main feature of the event will be a gumbo cookoff with prizes with other activities to help attendees support KCM and have fun.

"Two years ago we wanted to throw an event that would be fun for our community and at the same time be a way to give back to our community,” said Nick Jessett, who co-owns the distillery with his wife, Nici Jessett.

Nick said he had found out about the work done by KCM, a local nonprofit that helps area residents facing food insecurity, the fallout from disasters as well as domestic violence and sexual abuse, because of his aunt’s and uncle’s volunteer efforts at the KCM food pantry. The donation drive has allowed the distillery to present a check to KCM both of the prior years it has been held and the amount of the donation increased from the first year to the second, Nick said.

Gumbo aficionados who participate will be able to enjoy live music while preparing their competition dishes that:

  • Are cooked on-site the day of the event.
  • Include at least five gallons of gumbo.
  • Are prepared from scratch.

For additional rules and entry information, cooks should reach out to Nici at nici@mktdistillery.com.

Teams can begin setting up in their 12-foot square spaces at 10 a.m. the morning of the event. Head cooks for each team are expected to attend an 11 a.m. meeting to review the rules and safety protocols. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. Gumbos will be judged on aroma, consistency, color, taste and aftertaste.

Since this is a fund-raising event, Nici said participants should have a fund-raising element to their booth in order to maximize the donations made in support of KCM from the event.

The event will also feature rice from Jasek Farms, a local rice-growing operation that celebrates Katy’s rice-growing heritage, something the Jessetts said is important for them as a business.

“This year, we are so very excited to be able to use MKT to once again host a Gumbo and a Cocktail Competition to raise funds to help support KCM in their continued efforts to support our community,” Nick said. “We built MKT for our community and we are truly thankful to have the ability to use MKT to help our community.”

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