LAFAYETTE — The seventh-annual Boudin Cookoff at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette on Saturday promises a chance to sample from a selection of some two tons of the classic Cajun treat, whether stuffed in a traditional sausage casing or unlinked on a boudin sandwich.
The event, which will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., is organized by Robert Carriker, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette history professor and boudin connoisseur who recently authored “Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana’s Extraordinary Link.”
He also runs a boudin review website: boudinlink.com.
The site, which started in 2004, hosts more than 190 reviews of boudin from Seattle to Cajun Country to Washington, D.C.
“The cookoff was really an outgrowth of the idea for the website,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to let people sample boudin from all over the place without having to drive all the back roads of Acadiana to do it.”
Carriker said the cookoff has grown every year since its inception.
“I thought, if I could get all these boudin places in a centralized location, that’d be a really cool thing,” he recalled. “It’s really proven to stay true to that aspect of it. You’ll get to sample boudin from Eunice to Baton Rouge without having to drive from Eunice to Baton Rouge.”
The cookoff will feature live music from the The Rex Street Rounders, The Specklers and The Babineaux Sisters.
There will be free food, a boudin-eating contest and lots of activities for children including fun jumps, face painting and games. Awards will also go out to the makers of the best boudin at the cookoff in several categories.
“The cookoff has become part of the festival landscape in October,” he said. “It’s been really cool to see that happen. People have come to expect that after Festivals Acadiens there will be the Boudin Cookoff.”
All proceeds benefit the Historic Preservation Alliance of Lafayette.
For more information, visit www.boudincookoff.com