With crawfish season at its height, a host of cook-offs and festivals this weekend offer ample opportunities to enjoy the local delicacy. Here’s a quick roundup:
Tea OLD METAIRIE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL AND COOK-OFF features all-you-can-eat crawfish and jambalaya, plus music and a competition with more than 40 teams ranked by celebrity judges, plus a people’s choice award. The fun kicks off at 2 pm Saturday (rain or shine) and runs at 8 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, 400 Codifer Blvd., in Metairie. Tickets are $30. scsbluegold.com.
Hospice Foundation of the South throws its 17TH ANNUAL CRAWFISH COOK-OFF with all-you-can-eat crawfish Saturday at 11 am in Slidell. With more than 40,000 pounds of crawfish, 50-plus teams will vie for the title “Best Crawfish in St. Tammany Parish,” selected by celebrity judges and competitors. Music by Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, 21 Front Street and The Phunky Monkeys will keep things hopping. Proceeds benefit Hospice House. Tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the gate at Fritchie Park, 905 W. Howze Beach Road. thehospicehouse.org
Meanwhile, down in the parish, the OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCCOR CRAWFISH COOK-OFF will start at noon and run to 4 pm with teams competing for honors (and bragging rights). Music, raffles, food and more are all part of the fest, with all-you-can-eat crawfish samples while supplies last. Tickets are $25 in advance. It all happens Saturday at OLPS School, 2305 Fenelon St., in Chalmette. olpsschool.com.
Belle Chasse is the place for the “1” SACK CHALLENGE CRAWFISH COOK-OFF, a fundraiser for the Plaquemines Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Set for Plaquemines Parish Government Complex, 333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., the 11 am Saturday event features more than 50 teams competing for best crawfish title. Tickets are $25. facebook.com/events.
The Made in New Orleans Foundation has declared “It’s been Cray. Again.” CRAY includes the red delicacies, plus beer, adult sno-balls and live music from Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots. Chefs Queen Trini Lisa and MiNO alumni Joshua Blue will serve up the crawfish on the piazza at the Hotel Peter and Paul, 2317 Burgundy St., in New Orleans on Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm Tickets are $75. minofoundation.org.
At FRENCH QUARTER FEST, some of the livelier dishes include a surf and turf burger with crawfish cheese sauce, crawfish mac and cheese, crawfish beignets, crawfish sack, a Creole crawfish sausage po-boy, crawfish bread pudding with oufée sauce, a crawfish ravigote slider with crawfish boil pickles , plus a sack-full of etouées, pastas and pies and even tacos. Along the Mississippi River from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Thursday-Sunday. frenchquarterfest.org.
Uptown, at Tulane University, is CRAWFEST Saturday, the student-run festival with music and crawfish. At press time, however, the in-demand event was sold out due to capacity constraints. Should something change, the fest is held on the campus’ Berger Family Lawn at the 6823 St. Charles Ave. campus at 11 am to 7 pm tulanecrawfest.com.