National Gumbo Day

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Who doesn't love a hearty bowl of gumbo? This iconic Louisiana dish has won hearts (and taste buds) all over the world, and National Gumbo Day exists to honor its soul-warming goodness! Giving just the right excuse to fill up your bowl with steaming hot spicy gumbo and savor it with loved ones. It might not be funny when your mouth gets fired up by cayenne, but hey, that's what the cold beverages are for, right? Cool down and read on to journey through the piping hot history of National Gumbo Day.

When is Gumbo Day?

It's national gumbo day on the 12th October.

Pass the Gumbo, Please!

You'll be relieved to know the internet's collective obsession with gumbo is no fluke. Going by our data, National Gumbo Day lit up the internet with 2616 mentions, reaching its zenith on the 12th of October in 2016. Somebody must have cooked up something really special that day!

A Taste of History

Gumbo is a medley of cultural influences, much like America itself. Originating from Louisiana, it reflects the rich history of the region, impressing upon the palette a culinary treasure trove of Native American, Spanish, French, and African flavors. National Gumbo Day provides an opportunity to honor this rich, cultural soup and share it with friends and family.

Getting into The Gumbo Groove

To truly celebrate National Gumbo Day, you could try making gumbo at home. There are countless recipes available online catering to a variety of tastes—from seafood gumbo to chicken and sausage gumbo, to vegan alternatives—there's a gumbo for everyone. If cooking isn't your thing, never fear! Hook up with a local restaurant, or find a food festival (there are many) dedicated to gumbo.

Round Up

Ultimately, National Gumbo Day is about fun, food and remembering the many cultures that make up the melting pot not just of Louisiana, but of the United States as a whole. So grab your spoon and dig in!

History behind the term 'Gumbo'


Arrival of West African Slaves in Louisiana

During the 1700s, West African slaves were brought to Louisiana. They brought with them a rich culinary tradition, including the knowledge of making a flavorful one-pot dish called 'gombo'. The term 'gombo' eventually evolved into 'gumbo' as it became popular among the local population.


Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, the United States acquired the Louisiana Territory from France in what is known as the Louisiana Purchase. This acquisition brought an influx of diverse cultures to the region, contributing to the development and popularity of gumbo. The dish's ingredients varied depending on the cultural influences, incorporating Native American, French, Spanish, and Caribbean flavors.

Late 1800s

Creole and Cajun Cuisine

During the late 1800s, the distinct culinary traditions of Creole and Cajun cuisine emerged in Louisiana. Gumbo played a significant role in both cuisines, becoming a staple dish for family gatherings, communal meals, and festive occasions. The dish continued to evolve as new ingredients and cooking techniques were introduced.

20th Century

Gumbo goes mainstream

In the 20th century, gumbo gained widespread popularity and became a beloved dish across the United States. Its unique combination of flavors, hearty ingredients, and versatility in preparation appealed to people from all walks of life. Gumbo became a symbol of Louisiana cuisine and a testament to the cultural diversity of the state.


Continued Appreciation and Creativity

Gumbo remains an important part of Louisiana's culinary heritage and is celebrated on National Gumbo Day, observed every year on October 12th. Chefs and home cooks alike continue to experiment with different variations and interpretations of gumbo, showcasing the dish's adaptability and the ongoing creativity within the culinary world.

Did you know?

Did you know 'Gumbo' got its name from 'kingombo', the word for okra in central Bantu dialect? How's that for an interesting tidbit to chant around the dinner table!


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11th October 2015

Most mentioned on

12th October 2016

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