Kick off spring with the 24th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi.
The 24th Annual Memphis Toyota Dealers Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
benefiting Porter-Leath will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 11 a.m. through 6
p.m. at Wagner Place and Riverside Drive, between Union
Avenue and Beale Street. The festival supports
Porter-Leath's free programs and services that empower over 12,000 local
at-risk children and their families to achieve a healthy, optimal and
independent lifestyle each year.
Rajun Cajun is the largest
one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South, with over 16,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish
hauled direct from the bayou to Memphis for the occasion. The free admission
festival will feature live Cajun and Zydeco music from Lafayette's Bayou Boyson
the Southland Park Gaming and Racing Main Stage, the ever-energetic swamp soul
band Marcella + Her Lovers on the C Spire Beale Street Stage, and Memphis'
tightest jam band, Freeworld, on the Monogram Foods Riverside Stage. As always,
the Beale Street Stage will also be home to the live crawfish bob, crawfish
eating contest, and crawfish races.
The event also features food
and drinks, contests, prizes and family fun for festival-goers of all ages. For those
not partial to the official state crustacean of Louisiana, there will be plenty
of food vendors offering everything from BBQ, to hot wings, to traditional
Click here for a full list of vendors
Twenty-four gumbo teams will make some groceries and compete in
the annual Cash Saver Gumbo Cook-Off to see who's batch of gumbo is good enough
to claim this year's skillet trophy and prize money. Children can play a wide
variety of age-appropriate games at
the Orion Federal Credit Union Kid’s Corner on Riverside Drive. Those seeking the true, complete Cajun
experience can purchase tickets in advance for the BlueCross BlueShield of
Tennessee Swamp VIP Tent featuring unlimited crawfish and drinks for $100 per
person and $175 per couple from noon until 5. Additionally, to get a prime view
of the main stage, Bayou Boys Bash tables are available for $175, and provides
24 beer tickets per party of eight.Last, for those who cannot stay and enjoy
the festival, or who just want a quick bucket of mudbugs to go, a crawfish to
go area will be set up at the corner of Riverside and Union.
Other event sponsors
include Hicks Convention Services, AS Barboro, Henry Turley Co., Cumulus,
Transactions First, Pepsi, Kelley & Associates, Riverfront Development
Corporation and AutoZone.
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The Swamp is Open!
Tickets now available for the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust Swamp VIP Tent! All ticket holders enjoy all they can eat and drink inside the VIP tent from noon until 5. Tickets are $100/person or $175/couple. Group rates are available as is special pricing for kids!
Call 901-577-2500 x 1119 to order tickets and hurry - we sell out every year! No ticket is needed for the festival, but you do need a ticket for the swamp.
Gumbo Slots Available!
Team slots are now open for the Cash Saver Gumbo Cookoff! Put your best recipe to the test of our judges panel and compete for a cash prize and coveted cast iron skillet trophy.
Call 901-577-2500 x 1119 to sign up or click the button below to access the application form.