It's no surprise that Louisiana is by far the largest producer of crawfish in the United States. In fact, the Crawfish Capital of the World is nestled right in the heart of Acadiana. Breaux Bridge, Louisiana was given the title in 1959 by Governor Earl K. Long. Each year since then, Breaux Bridge and all of Acadiana have celebrated the success of the crawfish industry in Louisiana at the Annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival!
The festival is one of the biggest parties in Cajun Country, receiving around 30,000 attendees each year. This year's installment will be held next weekend, May 6th through May 8th, and is expected to be a huge turnout as always.
Can you guess what's on the menu? That's right: crawfish, crawfish, and even more crawfish! And it'll be available in every imaginable form - fried, boiled, in an étouffée, bisque, boudin, pie or jambalaya, and crawdogs, along with other Cajun favorites. (Other foods will also be available, but who goes to the Crawfish Festival and doesn't eat crawfish?!)
The annual crawfish eating contest will be held for those who have major appetites for the mudbugs. If you'd rather not eat the crawfish, you can enter one in the crawfish race instead!
In addition to all the food is the crawfish étouffée cook-off, where contestants cook up their best étouffée recipes in hopes of winning the title of Cook-off Champion. Patrons will be able to sample the entries after judging!
There will be enough live and local music to go around all weekend, provided by 30 Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop band on three different stages. So put on your dancing shoes, especially if you plan on competing in the Cajun and Zydeco dance contests!
Kids of all ages will love experiencing the fun and exciting carnival rides and games, all safely enclosed in a fenced-in area. A highlight of the weekend is the Festival Parade, honoring the festival royalty and featuring festive floats and energetic music performances.
Be sure to check out all the arts and crafts booths for unique and creative items, ranging from clothing and accessories to wood work and furniture! Official Crawfish Festival merchandise will also be available for purchase.
If crawfish has a special place in your heart, you won't want to miss out on the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, a weekend full of fun for the whole family!
Visit the event's website for the full weekend schedule, lineup, and more general information.
Originally posted at: Lafayette Real Estate News