1 Gumbo Cookoff: Got roux? Show off a favorite gumbo recipe or taste the contestants' best attempts at this second annual cookoff under the tents at Ricky P's Orleans Bistro in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. With categories in seafood, game/exotic and chicken and sausage competing for top prize in each category, there's also a People's Choice award. Setup is at noon, cooking begins at 2 p.m. for 5 p.m. judging. For those who just want to taste, a $5 ticket includes samplings and benefits the Voices of the Wetlands, America's Wetland Foundation. Dance to zydeco and Cajun music from the Porch Dogs starting at 7 p.m. Full menu and drink specials also available for purchase. Tastings are $5. The restaurant is at 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
2 Serb Fest: There is a sizable Serbian community in Tampa Bay, estimated at about 20,000 people from the former Yugoslavia, and this festival celebrates the ethnic food, drinks and traditional folklore dancers in a carnival set up at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in mid Pinellas County at 15250 58th St. N, south of Roosevelt Boulevard. There will be lamb and pig roasting in open-air pits, and you can try some gibanica, a popular Balkan pastry, or a cevapcici kebab and be entertained by Serbian dancers and musicians. It runs 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 and parking is free.
3 Soapmaking: Learn a pioneer skill that might come in handy for the holidays. Choose colors, scents and textures to customize your own bars of soap. All materials provided. It's 3 p.m. Saturday at Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 893-7326.
4 Tellabration: Members of the Tampa Bay Storytellers' Guild will tell tales tall and small during a celebration of storytelling for grown-ps hosted at more 300 locations around the world. The Tampa Bay edition will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Park Station in Pinellas Park, 5851 Park Blvd. Styles will include traditional folk tales, original stories and personal narratives. $5; $20 for five people.
5 If Music Be the Food: Shakespeare wrote that, "If music be the food of love, play on," and this classical chamber music outreach is a program with the purpose of feeding the hungry in Tampa Bay. Audience members are asked to bring nonperishable food items as the price of admission. The first concert of the series brings together faculty performers from the Eastman School of Music and the University of South Florida School of Music, performers from the Florida Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. Food will be donated to Tampa Bay Harvest. The concert is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 727-2522.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer