Gumbo and wooden boats at this weekend's festivals

Don Ames
October 11, 2019 - 10:11 am

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A couple of comfort foods should fit in nicely with this weekend's comfortable weather at area festivals. 

"It's supposed to be cool, so it'll be perfect for everybody to come out and enjoy a bowl of gumbo," says Elaine Boatwright, secretary of the Bridge City Gumbo Festival.

The festival is known around the world for its classic Cajun dish. And Boatwright says former Governor Edwin Edwards deserves much of the credit. 

"He proclaimed us the 'Gumbo Capital of the World', so I guess so." 

And, the festival proves the westbank town worthy of the title. "A lot of Cajun people live here and they really know how to cook the gumbo," says Boatwright.

More than 2,000 gallons of seafood and chicken and sausage gumbo will be served up Friday night through Sunday. And, there'll be live music all weekend.

Other area weekend events.............. 

11 - 13 --- Gentilly Fest celebrates all things "Gentilly," including continuous live music on four stages and sumptuous food from a variety of local vendors.

Times: Vary
Location: Pontchartrain Park Playground

11-13 --- The Voice of the Wetlands Festival (Ponderosa, 5403 West Park, Houma) — Organized to raise awareness of the Louisiana wetlands, the festival features local, regional and national musical acts, Cajun food and arts and crafts. Camping is available with late-night jam sessions. There's also a zoo and kids' activities. Noon-till daily. Free.

12 --- Old Arabi Sugar Fest (409 Aycock St., Arabi) — There's live music, food, kids' activities, arts and crafts and a cooking contest. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

12-13 --- Wooden Boat Festival (133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville) — Classic and wooden boats are exhibited along the Tchefuncte River, and there's live music and arts and crafts and food vendors. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $10, $5 for seniors 65 and older, free for active military (with ID) and children 12 and younger.

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