Hundreds of people showed up Saturday for the first Spring Community Showcase hosted by the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

As part of National Tourism Week, the event at the Houma Visitors Center in Gray featured Terrebonne Parish food and vendors, and there was dessert cook-off contest.

"There's been a really good turnout," said Joni Duet, the bureau's product and event development manager. "Almost all the tickets were sold for the dessert cook-off, so at least about 200 people tried the desserts."

There were 64 vendors who sold food and arts and crafts.

Remodeled Bottles owner Shelly Broussard said she found out about the event via email when Duet contacted her asking if she wanted to participate.

Broussard creates wind charms and planters out of glass bottles that are hand cut and hand painted.

"Being here for the first time will definitely help me to get my name out there, which is good," Broussard said.

She said she expects to participate in next year's event.

The Terrebonne Parish Library System was also a participant at the showcase. Kati Callais, community outreach coordinator for the library system, and Amy Riche, North Branch manager, provided information about upcoming programs scheduled by the library.

"People have been having fun creating some Mother's Day cards," Riche said. "So it's been fun getting to know people that I don't usually see in the library and getting to talk about what I love doing and some of the things that we offer in the North Branch."

The first-place dessert in the cook-off was the Southern Banana Pudding-Fancy Virgin, made by Houma residents Ellen Hutchinson and Celina Hebert.

"I got the recipe from an in-law but I tweaked it to make it my own, made it a 'fancy virgin,'" Hutchinson said. "It's got real cream cheese, real whipping cream, all the real stuff, nothing fake."

Duet is already looking forward to planning the Spring Community Showcase for next year.

"Once the event is over, we will assess the event, what went right and what didn't, see which are the areas in which we can grow and do better," she said. 

Overall, the event provided an opportunity for people to listen to music and eat some food while supporting local artisans and vendors from the area.

"We love doing things with our community and interacting with our community. It's a big passion of ours here," Duet said.

 Staff Writer Andrea Mujica can be reached at 857-1148 or amujica@houmatoday.com. Follow her on twitter @CationM.