Boudin Cook-Off & Bacon Festival

October 19, 2019
Parc International

You can’t think Louisiana without imagining the numerous culinary delicacies Cajuns enjoy. For the past decade, one of those dishes has drawn hundreds to Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette for a celebration and competition all centered around boudin. First dreamt up by University of Louisiana at Lafayette history professor Robert Carriker, Lafayette’s Boudin Cook-Off was established as a means of showcasing the talents of boudin makers from across the state.


2019 Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m.
Cook-Off TastingTicket Sales
Free Face Painting
Free Fun Jumps
Free Games with prizes
Bake Sale
Hand Pie Sales
Cast Your Vote for "People's Choice" until 3:30 p.m.
Live Music by The Specklers

11:30 a.m.
Boudin Ball Eating Contest
Registration for Boudin Eating Contest

12:00 p.m.
Live Music by Alligator Blue

1:30 p.m.
Boudin Eating Contest

1:30 p.m.
Free Ice Cream Sandwiches

2:00 p.m.
Live Music by The Babineaux Sisters

3:30 p.m.
People's Choice Voting Closes

4:00 p.m.
Winners Announced (Un-Linked/Specialty Category, Best Boudin, and People's Choice)

Annual Boudin & Bacon Cook-Off Held Oct. 19

Acadiana’s super sausage is celebrated Saturday, Oct. 19 during the annual Boudin Cook-Off in downtown Lafayette’s Parc Sans Souci. South Louisiana’s version of Octoberfest includes local beer, authentic boudin, Cajun music, and dancing.

Boudin & Boudin Balls
Early residents to South Louisiana didn’t live high on the hog. They used the resources that were available to them: bountiful rice fields and plenty of pork, down to the last scrap. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and the Cajuns’ creativity led to one of Acadiana’s most favorite foods: Boudin. Unlike other sausages or the French boudin blanc, traditional Cajun boudin is a combination of pork sausage blended with rice and spices and stuffed into a natural casing.

Boudin Making at Boucherie
The idea for an annual celebration came from University of Louisiana history professor and food writer Bob Carriker, also known as the “Godfather of Boudin.”

Billy's Boudin
“This is a truly unique opportunity to sample the best of the best from throughout the region in one place,” says Carriker. “We always encourage visitors to try boudin when they travel here. Every boudin is a little different, with recipes varying from family to family, so the festival allows everyone to sample each kind and pick their favorite. It’s really a foodie paradise.”

Bacon Cooking at the Farmers Market
This year, the festival is bringing a bacon cook-off to the table—because, what doesn’t taste better with bacon?
“There is a real trend right now in artisanal bacon,” says Carriker. “A lot more people are making craft bacon and getting really creative with their recipes.”

Boudin Cook-Off
The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with live music from The Specklers, Alligator Blue, and The Babineaux Sisters as well as special activities throughout the day. Festival admission is free, and attendees can purchase tickets to sample bacon and boudin prepared by both amateur and professional chefs around the state. Attendees can cast their vote for the best boudin and bacon until 3:30 p.m. and the winner will be crowned at 4 p.m.

Boudin Cook-Off
Those really wanting to pig out can participate in the fried boudin ball eating contest or the bacon-eating contest. Plenty of locally brewed beer will also be on hand to wash down all the boudin and bacon goodness.
The event is fun for all ages. Children can enjoy free fun jumps and face painting as well as free ice-cream sandwiches and other activities throughout the day.

Boudin Cook-Off
Parc Sans Souci is located at 201 E. Vermilion St., with an adjacent parking garage. For a full schedule of events click here.
Not in town for the festival? You can get your fill of all things boudin on our Cajun Country Boudin Trail by clicking here.

Upcoming Festival Dates

October 17, 2020
October 16, 2021
October 15, 2022
October 21, 2023
October 19, 2024