Despite many festivals being canceled, the Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest returns to Lafayette

The Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest will be this Saturday, October 16 at Parc International.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 8:17 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 2:57 PM

LAFAYETTE, La (KADN)- Despite many events being canceled due to COVID-19, it is still festival season in Louisiana.

The Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest will be making a return this Saturday, October 16 at Parc International.

A few months ago, Robert Carriker, the organizer of the festival was a little unsure if they should still host the event due to the recent surge of the delta variant. But, after getting feedback from members of the community they were reassured that the show must still go on.

“Right when I first made the announcement on social media that we were planning on continuing to have the event, this was a couple of months ago, I was ready for some pushback to tell the truth, and I didn't get that pushback I got complete support,” Carriker said.

According to Carriker, the festival brings people to Acadiana from all over the country.

“There are literally thousands of people who come to the Boudin and Cook-Off Acadiana Bacon Fest every year, and they come from all corners of the state, even Texas, we've got people coming from Mississippi, I know we've got people coming from Washington state, and Delaware,” he added.

One of the most popular attractions of the festival is their boudin cook-off in which attendees are able to eat from 19 different vendors and vote the “people’s choice” of best boudin. There will be a set of judges there to vote on three different categories: best boudin, specialty boudin, and bacon dish.

The organizer said that this will help bring more exposure and clientele to his vendors.

“It really means a lot to them on different levels. One of the things it means to them it’s a demonstration that they're ready to get back to normal and they want to be a part of the return,” Carriker said

Another attraction of the festival is the boudin ball eating competition and the boudin and bacon eating competition.

“Both of those eating events are the only two like them in the entire world. And if you are the boudin ball ball-eating champion, you get this solid gold-ish pig and get to wear it around your neck as a calling card,” he said.

The event organizers want to ensure attendees that COVID-19 safety protocols will be put in place such as wearing masks, social distancing when in food lines and eating, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the park.

There will also be live music, games, and plenty of bacon-filled dishes at the Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon fest this Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information visit their Facebook page @BoudinCookOff.

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