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.
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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.
Boudin Sampling and “People’s Choice” voting begins.
Music – The Babineaux Sisters (Center Stage)
Sign-up for “Boudin Eating Contest”
Music – The Specklers (Center Stage)
Boudin Eating Contest (Stage Left)
1:00- 3:00 pm
Music - Zydeco Radio (Center Stage)
Ice Cream Sandwiches Available (Polk Street)
People's Choice Voting Closes