Boudin Cook-Off

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.


Upcoming Festival Dates

October 20, 2018
October 19, 2019
October 17, 2020

Boudin Cook-Off

Highlights from 2017's Boudin Cook-Off

Now in its 10th year, the list of participants for the Boudin Cook-Off has grown, and those looking to sample the delectable dish will have the chance to try boudin from across the state. Here’s a “taste” of who will be attending this year’s event:

Chef Jay's Boudin - Lafayette
Earl's Cajun Market - Lafayette
Johnson's Boucaniere – Lafayette
Twin's Burgers and Sweets - Lafayette
Menard's Cajun Grocery – Duson
Chop's Specialty Meats - Broussard
Champagne's Marche – Leonville
Teet's Grocery - Ville Platte
Cajun Culinary Roots - Baton Rouge
Sonnier's Sausage and Boudin - Lake Charles
T-Boy's Slaughter House - Mamou/Eunice
T- Jim's Grocery - Cottonport

And if the thought of boudin makes your stomach growl, then you’ll want to make sure you leave plenty of room. Boudin balls, pies and a plethora of boudin dishes are served up at the event as cooks compete to win the top spot in the “Unlinked” and “People’s Choice” categories. The “unlinked” competition demands that participants remove the pork and rice mixture from its casing to create these culinary concoctions.

And if you can’t get your fill, then you might want to consider entering the boudin eating contest. Contestants will have to devour an estimated seven pounds of boudin as fast as they can. If you want to beat 2016’s winner, Aaron Boudreaux, you’ll have to do so in under a minute and a half.

2018 Schedule of Events


10:00 am
Cook-Off Ticket Sales/Boudin 
Sampling Begin --- EAT!
FREE Face Painting 
FREE Fun Jumps 
FREE Games With Prizes
Bake Sale Begins
Boudin Hand Pie Unveiling
Vote Casting Begins for "People's Choice" (until 3:30)
The Specklers - Center Stage

11:30 am
The Only Boudin Ball Eating Contest in the State - Stage Left
Sign-Up for the Boudin Eating Contest

12:00 pm
Alligator Blue - Center Stage

1:30 pm
Boudin Eating Contest - Stage left

1:30 pm
FREE Ice Cream Sandwiches 

2:00 pm
The Babineaux Sisters - Center Stage

2:30 pm
Cajun Microwave Pig Roast Sampling Begins

3:30 pm
People's Choice Voting Closes

4:00 pm
Winners Announced for Un-Linked/Specialty Category, Best Boudin, and People's Choice