Cajun food certainly has its followers. On menus nationwide, you’ll find things like “Blackened Chicken Salad” or “Cajun Popcorn Shrimp.” As a general rule, these things are usually pale derivatives of the real thing. If you’re interested in the real thing, you’d be wise to be in the small town of Lydia, Louisiana, in September for its annual Cajun Food Fest.
The star of the Cajun Food Fest is, of course, Cajun food. The festival’s main attraction, the Cajun food cook-off, will give attendees a glimpse, and a taste, of authentic Cajun cooking, as some of Cajun Country’s best chefs toss their best dishes into the ring. Another way to enjoy authentic Cajun food is at the number of festival food booths, offering all the Cajun favorites. Sample stuffed bell peppers, boudin, red beans and rice, gumbo, bacon-wrapped quail, fried alligator and many more Cajun favorites from more than 20 food booths. But what would Cajun food be without a healthy dose of TABASCO® Sauce? Bring along your favorite Pepper Sauce flavor for an authentic Acadiana kick.
Since Cajun food wouldn’t taste as good without a Cajun soundtrack, the festival offers non-stop live music, including a fais do-do, or Cajun dance party, on Friday night and popular bands all day Saturday. Performers have included 2008 Grammy Nominee Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, as well as Highway 329, billed as Acadiana’s Classic Country Music Band, Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys and No Left Turn, to name a few.
The Cajun Food Fest also features arts and crafts booths, a poker run, hot air balloon rides, train and pony rides, a rock climbing wall, face painting and fun for the whole family.
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