Lafayette, October 21–27
For the past 12 years, the end of October has arrived and marked the beginning of Blackpot Festival & Cookoff. Now in its 13th year, the festival continues to celebrate the cultures of southwest Louisiana: Acadian, Native American, and Creole.
Prior to the festival itself is Blackpot Camp at Lakeview Park & Beach, which begins Sunday, October 21. The camp consists of a four-day workshop full of classes and performances for campers, each activity revolving around music, dance, or food. Blackpot Camp ends Thursday, October 25, but not without a kickoff party to get into the festival spirit at Lakeview’s Barn.
The official festival begins Friday, October 26 in Vermilionville Historic Village with an evening full of music from genres including Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, and Americana. In past years, festivalgoers have enjoyed performances from Pine Leaf Boys, Barbara Lynn, and The Revelers.
The musical lineup continues through Saturday, and the cookoff begins that day with five cookoff categories: gravy, gumbo, cracklin’s, jambalaya, and dessert. Food from each category must be prepared in a cast-iron vessel. During the cookoff, guests can sample from the contestants on a first-come–first-serve basis, and judges will announce winners later that evening while the music plays on into the night.
To purchase single-day and weekend passes, view the full schedule and lineup, or enter the cookoff, visit blackpotfestival.com.