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March will be a busy month for The Louisiana Travelin’ Man. I’ll be traveling around Louisiana as the Spring Festival Season begins and I’ll be judging several different cook-offs in several different categories. Why not join me at the following events or the many others you’ll find on TourLouisiana.com.
 
 
10th Annual Frisco Fest: Arts & Crafts – Music – Creole & Cajun Food
March 9th & 10th, 2013
San Francisco Plantation, Garyville
9am – 5pm each day. $5.00 admission. Kids 12 and under free with adult.
 
San Francisco Plantation, one of the great plantations along River Road, will host the 10th Annual Frisco Fest that will feature two days of cook-offs. Saturday will be the 4th annual Cracklin’ Cook-off in which I will be one of the judges. If you don’t know what Cracklin’ is, I guess you can call it Cajun Potato Chips, but instead of potatoes you use pork fat with a little meat and skin on it and fry it in a cast iron skillet (black pot). After it’s fried, the seasoning is added to give that individual taste. 
 
Sunday will be the Chef’s Choice Cook-off. There are three categories which include Soup, Salad, Gumbo and Appetizer as one category, Meat entree and Seafood entree are the other categories. 
 
In addition to the cook-offs, there will be over 100 craft booths, music, lots to eat and plenty of games to keep the kids busy including pony rides and a petting zoo.
 
 
Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off
March 16th, 2013
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux
12:30pm – 4:30pm. $5.00 for Gumbo tastings (Gumbo servings begin at 1:30pm)
1:30pm Judging begins
4pm Awards
 
Cajun country is known for its great food and I am expecting to taste some great gumbos. When I started searching for the best Gumbo in Louisiana, I was told by a lot of people “the best gumbo in Louisiana is my Momma’s Gumbo.” I have a feeling I’m going to taste lots of “Momma’s Gumbos” in Thibodaux and so can you. 
This all leads up to the 5th Annual Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival, March 22nd – 24th , on the campus of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. You’ll find plenty of music, food and craft booths. Admission is $10.  Louisiana Swamp Stomp has been selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for March, 2013.  > More information.
 
 
Hogs for the Cause: BBQ cook-off, music and plenty of food
March 22nd & 23rd, 2013
New Orleans City Park
Friday: 4:30pm – 11pm $5.00 admission.
Saturday: 11am – 10pm $15.00 admission in advance/$20.00 at the gate
 
Not only are you in for a great BBQ feast and great Louisiana music, you will also be helping a great cause. The purpose of Hogs for the Cause is to provide aid and relief for various expenses and economic burdens families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. 
 
This event keeps growing and growing. Last year they had 58 teams competing in the BBQ cook-off and over 12,000 people came to experience the event. This year, the event has moved to City Park and it will be even bigger and better than last year. I will be a judge at this year’s BBQ cook-off. Even though I’ve been searching for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana, I have judged other BBQ cook-offs. So, why not join The Louisiana Travelin’ Man for a great cause and great BBQ at Hogs for the Cause.
 
 

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