There was no shortage of family fun to be had in Natchitoches Saturday, May 21. The Natchitoches Farmer’s Market hosted the annual “Battle of the Badges” cookoff between the Natchitoches Fire, Police and Sheriff’s Departments. The contest featured chefs from the three departments cooking steaks and shrimp donated by Trotter Meats and Pineville Farm Stand. The first responder chefs then roamed the farmer’s market looking for ingredients and sides from the many vendors at the market. It was a hard-fought contest worthy of a hit cooking show as firefighters, deputies and police officers worked furiously to complete their meal before the clock ran out.
The judges had a hard time indeed picking a winner from three sets of superbly cooked steak and shrimp dishes with some really innovative touches (the Fire Department’s made from scratch honey butter was culinary genius.) After some debate and extensive tasting, the judges named the Natchitoches Sheriff’s Department the champion chefs, breaking a two-year streak by the Natchitoches Fire Department. The winners received $100.00 and possession of the competition’s travelling trophy.