Arts festival on tap in Arnaudville Saturday

Acadiana artists, artisans and performers will showcase their creative talents Saturday at Fire and Water: Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration in Arnaudville.

The one-day event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, is free and will feature workshops, demonstrations, music, documentary films, food and drinks.

“It’s a full day of activities, and it’s so laid back,” said Jacqui Cochran, with NUNU.

The New Orleans French Consulate, in partnership with NUNU, will introduce a new attraction to the annual celebration: demonstrations by French pastry chef Antoine Khoraiche and culinary students from the Washington Career and Technical Center.

They will cook galettes, buckwheat crepes, to be sold to raise money for the school’s culinary program.

This year’s celebration will also revive a tradition from early years of the event — bringing fire to water.

At 8:30 p.m., the Soul Express Brass Band will lead a march to the Bayou Warehouse Restaurant, where fires will be lit along Bayou Fuselier.

“Dancing though the restaurant and onto the bayou deck, it is here that fires will again be set ablaze upon the water,” Cochran said.

The Fire and Water celebration began in the aftermath of hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005 as a means to showcase local artists.