Lake Charles, La.—September is National Rice Month, and in celebration, the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers will sponsor the 18th Annual Rice Cook-Off on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Brick House Catering in Lake Charles. The contest will begin at 10:30 a.m. with an awards luncheon to follow at 11:30 a.m. The Port of Lake Charles will host the event and sponsor the awards luncheon. 

Family and Consumer Science students from area middle schools and high schools are invited to participate. First, second and third cash prizes are given in the Best Rice Dish category and first place is given to the Most Heart Healthy Dish. Farmers Rice Milling Co., Inc., sponsors a rice cooker for each contestant. 

The production, milling and exportation of rice have major economic effects on Southwest Louisiana, and the event helps to educate local students in health and nutrition issues facing Southwest Louisiana families.

For more information, contact Jimmy Meaux at 337-475-8812 or Michelle Bolen with the Port of Lake Charles at 337-493-3501.