Blackpot Festival & Cookoff

October 25 - 26, 2019
Vermilionville

The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually in late October, the festival celebrates Cajun culture and cooking with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming. The festival is a cooperative of South Louisiana musicians, artists and southern culture enthusiasts, creating an unprecedented gathering of south Louisiana’s hottest roots bands, as well as a number of groups from all over the country.

Live performances range from Cajun & Zydeco, to Creole, Swing, Hot Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Irish & Old-Time. Plus, an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, accordion contest, called square dancing, and ample camping space for tents & RV’s.

Blackpot Festival

2019 Artists

Preston Frank | Los Texmaniacs | Little Freddie King | Sheryl Cormier | Ed Poullard | Yvette Landry | The Revelers | Jesse Lege | Pine Leaf Boys | Daquiri Queens | Warren Storm | Djoukil | Five Mile Mountain Road | Tucci Trio | Hogslop String Band | Sonny Landreth | Big Cedar Fever | Eric Adcock | Bad Penny Pleasuremakers | Johnny Nicholas | Dirk Powell | Hoot and Holler | Grant Dermody | Jenny Parrot | Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners | Gerald Gruenig & Gentilly Zydeco | Bluebird String Band | McKain Lakey | Choupique Cajun Band | John Miller | Get Up Rounder | Krista Shows & Scott Sharpe | Charlie Rose | Duck Buford

Upcoming Festival Dates

October 30-31, 2020
October 29-30, 2021
October 28-29, 2022
October 27-28, 2023
October 25-26, 2024

Cook-Off

The Cookoff takes place Saturday afternoon.  Visit each chef's outdoor kitchen and sample their creations! Anyone can enter from Amateur to Professional for a chance at cash prizes and bragging rights. Categories include Gravy, Gumbo, Cracklins, Jambalaya, Dessert…​

Gravy (“Sauce”, Grease gravy… “that good stuff they make on thursdays at the plate lunch place”)!
Gumbo ( gumbo is gumbo and not a gravy you should know what this is)!
Cracklin (“Gratons”)!
Jambalaya!
Dessert (pie, cobbler, cinnamon rolls, sweet sweet goodness etc.)(cooked in cast iron)!

Cook-Off Rules

1. Main Dish cooked in Cast Iron vessel – No open fires (gas, coals OK)

2. 10’X10′ canopy allowed per entry

3. All contestants must have fire extinguisher on site.

4. Participants are encouraged, but NOT REQUIRED to prepare enough food to allow festival goers to taste, within reason. (we do not provide bowls and utensils for tasting) *don’t prepare more than you are comfortable with for your recipe’s best taste; there is no minimum amount required for tasting

5. Tasting is on a first come first serve basis and participant may stop providing samples at their discretion in order to have enough food for judges tasting.

6. Cooking time will be from 12 Noon until 5pm on Saturday.

7. Dishes MUST be ready for pick up in by 5pm.

8. Winners announced 6pm (subject to change) between Saturday evening’s main stage performances

Cook-Off Prizes

1st place in each category – $150 and plaque

2nd place in each category – $75 and plaque

3rd place in each category – $50

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