Cecile Rousseau Poche’ Memorial Park
April 5 and 6, 2013
Parks, Louisiana is in St. Martin Parish, 10 miles from St. Martinville in Cajun Country and you can bet, the Cajuns know how to cook Gumbo, but they also know how to cook Cracklin’. If you’re not familiar with Cracklin’, you haven’t been reading my blog.
What is Cracklin’? It’s good. Cracklin’ is fried pork skin with the fat attached and in some cases a little piece of meat. It’s deep fried usually in a cast iron pot. It’s a long process, but well worth it. After its been fried, it’s time for the seasoning. That’s what really distinguishes one cracklin’ from another. Cracklin’ is high in fat and cholesterol. So? Make believe you are on the Atkins diet and enjoy.
I will be in Parks, Louisiana on April 6, 2013 to judge the 37th annual Cracklin’ Cook-off. This is a serious cook-off, not only for bragging rights, but for cash prizes. The cook-off is only one aspect of this unique Cajun Festival. Cajun music is continuous from the time the gates open until it’s time to say goodbye. The gates open Friday April 5th at 6pm til midnight and then on Saturday April 6 from 10am til? The Cracklin’ Cook-off will begin at 11am with approx. 30 teams and the judging begins at 3pm, with the winners announced at 4:30pm (these are approx. times).
So, head to Parks in Cajun Country, enjoy some great Cajun music, great Cajun food and some of the best Cracklin’ in the world.
For more information, click here: http://parkscracklincookoff.com/
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