No visit to Cajun country is complete without a healthy serving of boudin – that delicious, savory sausage filled with rice, pork or seafood, onions, green peppers and herbs. There are as many different variations of this Acadian delicacy as there are cooks, and at the Scott Boudin Festival, you can sample them all – from poached or smoked links to deep-fried “boudin balls.”
The town of Scott, Louisiana, takes its boudin seriously – so seriously, in fact, that in 2012 it petitioned the state legislature to officially recognize it as the Boudin Capital of the World, a title well deserved for a town that makes over one million pounds of the sausage annually. One year later, Scott held its first-ever Boudin Festival, a family-friendly fais do-do that celebrates this tasty Acadian throwback.
The three-day fest kicks off Friday evening with food and entertainment to please all ages: non-stop local music, kids’ activities, food and beverage booths, and, of course, plenty of boudin. Over the course of the weekend, you can shop local crafts, two-step to Cajun and zydeco bands, and watch the kids slide and twirl on the festival’s many carnival rides. And what’s a food fest without contests? Watch babies cruise on all fours at the Diaper Derby, or dare to eat the most boudin in 5 minutes at the Boudin Eating Contest!
Although the Scott Boudin Festival may be “where the West begins, and the boudin never ends,” you will also find other Cajun favorites such as jambalaya and cracklins (those seasoned, crispy bits of deep-fried pork rind). The aged red pepper flavor of TABASCO® Original Red pairs perfectly with all Cajun fare, so be sure to bring your own bottle or ask for it by name!
For more information, visit www.laboudinfestival.com.