MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The 27th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival benefiting Porter-Leath will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m. at Wagner Place and Riverside Drive, between Union Avenue and Beale Street. Each year, the festival supports free programs and services that fulfill Porter-Leath’s mission of empowering over 50,000 Mid-South children and families to achieve healthy, optimal and independent lifestyles.
Recognized among Memphians as the unofficial start of spring, Rajun Cajun is one of the few Memphis festivals that maintains free admission. The festival offers fun for all Mid-South families, including crawfish bobbing, eating and racing contests. And children ages 12 and under can play a wide variety of age-appropriate games at the Kids Area on Riverside Drive.
With 17,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish and over 35,000 attendees, Rajun Cajun is the largest one-day crawfish festival in the Mid-South. The festival will feature live swamp soul, rhythm & blues and funk fusion entertainment from Marcella + Her Lovers on the Southland Park Gaming and Racing Main Stage, Nick Black on the Orion Federal Credit Union Beale Street Stage, and Freeworld on the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Riverside Stage.
“Over the past 27 years, Rajun Cajun has become a social, cultural and musical tradition in Memphis that unites individuals and businesses around supporting children and families in our community,” said Rob Hughes, Vice President of Development at Porter-Leath. “And with free admission, Rajun Cajun is a special experience everybody can share. Remember, ‘eat crawfish, help children!’”
Twenty-four gumbo teams will compete in the annual Cash Saver Gumbo Cook-Off to claim this year's skillet trophy and cash prizes. And festival-goers can purchase Monogram Foods Swamp Tent tickets at $125 per person and $225 per pair for a VIP experience with unlimited crawfish, Cajun buffet, beer and soft drinks from noon until 6 p.m. Swamp Tent ticketholders will also enjoy two drink tickets, each good for a margarita or hurricane. The Confluent Strategies Crawfish To Go station will be located at the corner of Riverside Drive and Union Avenue. In addition to crawfish, over 24 food trucks will offer everything from BBQ, to burgers, to traditional carnival fare.
To learn more about the 27th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, register your Gumbo Cook-Off team, or buy Swamp Tent tickets, visit rajuncajunmemphis.org.