Two-step down to the Cajun-Zydeco fest

Photo by DAVID SIMPSON -- Chubby Carrier plays Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Esplanade Avenue stage.
Photo by DAVID SIMPSON -- Chubby Carrier plays Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Esplanade Avenue stage.

The seventh annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday on two stages at the Old U.S. Mint.

The festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, is also programming music at a third stage — at the nearby French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival.

The free festival stars Louisiana’s indigenous Cajun and zydeco musicians, including the Grammy-winning groups Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet.

Other acts this year include the popular Cajun-rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers, Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.

Food is a big part of the festival, too, as is an arts market featuring 30 artisans. This year’s festival also features interviews with many of the performers, from noon to 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Old U.S. Mint.