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Voodoo Gumbo Fest kicks off at The Terrace Oct. 13

Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for the restaurant that wins Buffalo's inaugural Voodoo Gumbo Fest contest.

Held at The Terrace, 199 Lincoln Parkway, the competition will pit local restaurants against each other, while offering attendees the chance to try $3 gumbo samples.

Dick & Jenny's, run by the Dick and Jenny Benz, recently of Grand Island but originally of New Orleans, will have their gumbo in the running. So will Toutant, from Louisiana native James Roberts.

Jim Guarino, whose Shango Bistro has lured patrons to University Heights for Cajun fare since 2005, will be gunning for the title as well. Other competitors include Fat Bob's, Merge, Colter Bay, Liberty Hound and The Terrace.

The event is 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free, limited to 300 people. Attendees can buy $3 "doubloons" to try a restaurant's gumbo, and vote in a people's choice awards. A blind-tasting panel of judges will pick a best gumbo and most creative gumbo.

A "Doubloon 10-Pack" is available for purchase, in advance, for $25, a $5 savings.

The event will feature beer from New Belgium Brewing Co., celebrating its Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA. There will be cocktails from Madd Tiki Tattoo's Zombie Bar, and live music from Terry Sullivan and the Jumpers,  with special guest Surfin' Cadavers.

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