LAFAYETTE — Eighteen teams will vie for the title of Louisiana’s best boudin maker at Saturday’s Boudin Cook-Off in downtown Lafayette.
The celebration of the Cajun speciality begins at 10 a.m. in Parc Sans Souci, when the Rev. Bryce Sibley from Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church performs the “Blessing of the Boudin.”
The cook-off will end at 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Historic Preservation Alliance of Lafayette.
“This is a meaningful custom as well as a way to keep the event tied to the traditions and culture of south Louisiana,” said Dawn Carriker, an event organizer. “A blessing of the boudin has never been done before and we’re excited to be kicking things off this way.”
The 18 teams will compete in four categories — traditional, specialty, unlinked and people’s choice.
Residents from around Louisiana, including Lake Charles, Mamou, Cottonport and Hammond, are on the teams participating, Carriker said.
A boudin-eating contest will feature a new addition to the festival: a dedicated stage “so that everyone will have a great view of the annual competitive eating spectacle,” Carriker said in a news release.
Kids activities will be free, and Blue Bell Creamery will give away ice cream sandwiches.
Music during the six hours of the fest will be by Sons of Voodoo, The Specklers, and the Babineaux Sisters.
There also will be refreshments and activities for the whole family, Carriker said.
Admission is free, and free parking is available near the park.
Further information is available online at boudincookoff.com.