Louisiana is a gumbo of some of the most unique festivals in the country and since I’m searching for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana, I must hit the road. If you want to join me, here is where I’ll be during the month of October (these are just a few of the events I’ll be attending):
October 12-13: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge
L’Auberge Casino Hotel has been going strong since it opened in the beginning of September, and I will be there for two days to experience all they have to offer (see my previous post on the L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge). Besides coming home with great memories, I hope to take home some of their casino bucks. I’ll tell you all about it when I return.
October 13: Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Lafayette is the home of several festivals throughout the year, but there are two that are famous around the world. Festival International de Louisiane, April 24-28, 2013 and Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, October 12-14, 2012. If you haven’t been to either of these festivals, put them on your bucket list. If you can make the Festival Acadiens et Creoles, you will hear the best Cajun and Zydeco music on earth. By the way, the festival is FREE. In addition to the great music, you can enjoy some Cajun specialties such as Alligator Sausage Po-boys, Gator on a Stick, Boudin, crawfish several ways and much more (the food is not free, but reasonably priced).
October 14 – The 23rd Annual World Champion Gumbo Cook-off (Oct 12-14). I will be a judge.
New Iberia is home to some of the great attractions not only in Louisiana, but in the United States. Does the name Tabasco® mean anything to you? New Iberia is the home of Tabasco®, and Tabasco® is the Legacy sponsor of the 23rd World Champion Gumbo Cook-off which is put on by the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce. The festival is from October 12-14, but the cook-off is Sunday, October 14 and they are expecting over 85 teams. Do you realize how much Gumbo I will be tasting? Not a problem. Bring it on. Oh, by the way, almost anything can go into the gumbo. As a visitor, you can purchase a pass to taste the gumbos, but the early bird gets the gumbo,as there is only so much to go around. Also, the teams have no electricity to cook with. It’s BYOF (bring your own fire), and they have to make their roux from scratch. The Gumbo Police will be patrolling the grounds to make sure nobody breaks the rules. For all the info you need, just click here: http://iberiachamber.org/gumbo-cookoff
October 26-27: 5th Annual South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff. I will be a judge.
Lafayette does it again. A festival celebrating the Cast Iron Pot (or Blackpot). You want unique? Come and join me for unique. The Blackpot cook-off will take place on Saturday, October 27 and everything needs to be cooked in a Black Pot. There will be three categories: Gravy (Sauce, Gumbo, etc.), Cracklin’ and Jambalaya. You can be sure there will be plenty of music and food, all rich in Cajun Culture.
For all the information you need, just click here: http://blackpotfestival.com/