Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Get ready for some ragin’ Cajun fun in Charleston! The 23rd Annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival heats up James Island County Park on Sunday, April 6, from noon–6 p.m. Bringing Louisiana living to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and lots of entertainment straight from the bayou.
Full-bellied fun is what this festival is all about as local and regional restaurants, caterers and food trucks cook up a variety of mouth-watering foods. Savor the tastes of a variety of Cajun and Creole dishes like jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage and of course, crawfish, crawfish and more crawfish. Also enjoy Lowcountry favorites like seafood and Southern barbecue, plus traditional festival foods like hot dogs, snow cones, funnel cakes and more.
People who love crawfish will discover paradise at the Lowcountry Cajun Festival. Visitors travel from near and far for huge servings of fresh, steaming crawfish, undoubtedly the festival’s most popular food item. Those who consider themselves crawfish-eating connoisseurs will have the chance to show off their talent at the popular annual crawfish eating contest, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to sign up for the contest when they arrive at the festival.
After getting their fill of spicy food, festival-goers can kick back and enjoy live, non-stop Zydeco music. Featured performers will be “Swamp Pop Princess” Shelly Waters, who will take the stage at 1 p.m.; Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, who will perform at 2:15 and 4:45 p.m.; and Felix y Los Gatos, who will play at 3:30 p.m. Other festivities include a crafts market, mechanical rides, inflatables and games for kids.
Admission to the Lowcountry Cajun Festival is $10. The event is free for ages 12 and under with a paying adult. Current Gold Pass holders are also admitted free. Gold Passes will not be sold onsite the day of the festival, but may be purchased in advance for $65 ($80 for non-Charleston County residents). Food vendors operate on a ticket basis. No coolers or outside alcohol permitted. Carpooling is highly encouraged. Pets are not permitted to this event. The dog park at James Island County Park will be closed on April 6 in order to host the festival. This event is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, who continues to work with the South Carolina Green Fair to provide recycling and composting stations onsite. This Lowcountry Cajun Festival is presented by Southern Eagle Distributing and your Charleston County Parks. For more information, call 843-795-4386 or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com/cajun.