Blackpot Festival & Cookoff

October 26 - 27, 2018
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.

If you think you have what it takes to go up against some of South Louisiana's best, click "Register Now" to enter the cookoff competition. 

To learn more about the festival and what's in store for the weekend, just keep scrolling. 

Blackpot Festival

2018 Music Schedule

Friday, October 26
Main Stage
7:00pm - 8:30pm Horace Trahan
9:00pm -10:15pm Lost Bayou Ramblers
10:45pm - Midnight Pine Leaf Boys

Chapel Stage
6:00pm - 7:00pm Cajun Jam
7:30pm - 8:30pm Courtney Granger
9:00pm - 10:00pm Jesse Lege

Schoolhouse Stage
6:30pm - 7:15pm Old Sky
7:30pm - 8:15pm Lula Wiles
8:30pm - 9:15pm Andrew Duhon

Saturday, October 27
Main Stage
11:00am - 12:00pm Squaredance
12:30pm - 1:30pm Goldman Thibodeaux
2:00pm - 3:00pm Johnny Nicholas
3:30pm - 4:30pm Daiquiri Queens
5:00pm - 6:00pm Creole String Beans
6:30pm - 7:30pm Preston Frank & Ed Poullard
8:00pm - 9:00pm Sarcotics
9:30pm - 10:30pm Los Texmaniacs
11:00pm - 12:15am The Revelers

Chapel Stage
12:00pm - 1:00pm Sean Bruce
1:30pm - 2:30pm Cedric Watson
3:00pm - 4:00pm Rosie Newton & Richie Stearns
4:30pm - 5:30pm Johnny Nicholas
6:00pm - 7:00pm Shrugs
7:30pm - 8:30pm Peter Rowan

Schoolhouse Stage
11:30am - 12:15pm Elise Leavy
12:30pm - 1:15pm Kevin Martin
1:30pm - 2:15pm Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears
2:30pm - 3:15pm Lauren Balthrop
3:30pm - 4:15pm Ralph White
4:30pm - 5:15pm Little Mazarn
5:30pm - 6:15pm Esther Rose
6:30pm - 7:15pm Bad Penny Pleasuremakers
7:30pm - 8:15pm Get Up Rounder
8:30pm - Old Time Jam, led by Get Up Rounder

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