Area festivities this weekend are Greek, Cajun Creole and country

Don Ames
May 25, 2018 - 7:20 am

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Weekend festivals in the area say they're good to go, in spite of any weather threat. Featured menu items are favorites from the Mediterranean and the bayous.

It's the 51st annual Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales, where more than 30 teams compete to be named 'World Jambalaya Cooking Champion,' stirring up their authentic specialty jambalayas.

"They put celery, bell peppers, green onions, maybe parsley in their chicken jambalaya and pork and sausage jambalaya," says spokeswoman Tammy Guilory. "And our chicken jambalaya does have bones in it." 

She says that's what makes it authentic. And you can sample all of the competitors' concoctions through Sunday. 

"Our chicken jambalaya is three dollars a plate, and our pork and sausage jambalaya is six dollars a plate." 

Guilory says they've also got great music at an indoor tent, and tents set up at their outdoor venues, as well.

Or, wine, dine and dance at the 45th Annual Greek Festival on the banks of Bayou St. John. Gail Psilos, with the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, guarantees a good time, come rain or come shine.

"I would say wear your shrimp boots, put on a poncho and come out and enjoy the festivities."

But, in case of rain, she says they're well prepared to take the party indoors where all their favorite Greek treats will be available.

"We'll have our traditional Greek dinners, lamb to go, goat burgers, souvlaki, our popular gyros, baklava sundaes and what we call loukoumades, which are like Greek beignets." 

And, of course, that spectacular Greek pastry buffet with dozens of delicious treats.

The Bayou Country Superfest is also in town this weekend, presenting a riverfront fireworks display titled 'A Salute to America' on Friday night and a free concert in the Smoothie King Center on Saturday. The evening concert will feature live performances by Randy Houser, Michael Ray and Runaway June. Doors open at 6:00 pm. 


Through 5/26
New Orleans International Guitar Festival (Various locations in New Orleans, including the old U.S. Mint, Rock 'n' Bowl and Tulane University; — Classical guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk headlines the festival, which features live music performances, some free, as well as panels, a young artists' competition, a forum on mentorship and master classes. Times and admissions vary.

Through 5/27
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (Various locations in New Orleans, 504-655-5158; — The 26th NOWFE features wine from all over the world and showcases New Orleans culinary talents. There are wine dinners, grand tastings, a Royal Street Stroll of food and wine offerings and more. Times and admissions vary.

Through 5/26
Krotz Springs Sportsmen's Heritage Festival (Nall Park, 562 Front St., Krotz Springs, 337-566-3527; — Live bands play swamp pop, Cajun, blues, country and rock 'n' roll music at this festival, which also includes food, carnival rides, a queen pageant and more. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday. Free.

Jambalaya Festival (Festival Grounds, 219 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales; — There are cooking contests daily, a 5K fun run Saturday, a car show Sunday and live music on two stages and carnival rides all three days. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 6 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Free.

New Orleans Greek Festival (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-0259; — The festival along Bayou St. John features Greek food, live music, dancers, desserts and drinks, cathedral tours, cooking demonstrations, kids' activities, plus canoeing on the bayou. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. $7 in advance, $8 at the door, free for children 12 and under.

Bayou Country Superfest (Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive; — The concert features George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland. There's a free concert with Randy Houser in the Smoothie King Center on Saturday and a fireworks display on the Mississippi River Friday night. Times vary. $79-$395.

Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (T7Fest) (Various locations in New Orleans; — The festival includes tours of the historic neighborhoods of Treme and the 7th Ward, and a T7Fest baby doll bar crawl with music food and drinks on Friday, a festival of art, music, food, community projects, kids' activities and informational booths on Saturday under the Interstate on North Claiborne Avenue on Saturday and more music from local musicians and a second line on Sunday. Hours vary. Some events require tickets.

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