If you have a killer gumbo recipe or love a good crawfish boil, a bowl of jambalaya, and a po’boy or two, there’s a food festival you should know about. For those who can appreciate all things Cajun- and Creole-inspired, the CrawDebauchery Food & Music Festival might be just what you need. Now in its third year, the two-day event has expanded to include more food and drink options. That includes a VIP tent featuring a full liquor bar with an exclusive happy hour, all-day discount pricing on special craft cocktails from the bartenders of Stache Bar, and free bloody marys and mimosas for the first two hours each day of the festival. If you’re hungry, don’t worry: Food vendors include some of the area’s most talented chefs and Southern-inspired restaurants, including Shuck-n-Dive, Catfish Dewey’s, the Royal Pig Pub, Texas Hold ’Em BBQ, Blue Moon Fish Co., and Fat Man’s Gator Shack. In addition to a massive crawfish boil and plenty of art vendors, the festival will feature top-tier musicians including headliner Galactic — a New Orleans funk group that includes artists Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines, and Rich Vogel — on Saturday night. But it’s the festival’s “Gumbo Rumble” that offers the biggest draw for area foodies, a cooking competition that — for the first time since the fest’s conception — is now open to the public. Local master chefs will determine who in South Florida has the best recipe for the quintessential Louisiana dish. Details can be found on the festival website.
The third-annual CrawDebauchery will take place Friday and Saturday at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre field grounds, located at 1801 NE Sixth St. in Pompano Beach. General admission is $25 per person, and children under age 10 are admitted free. Visit crawdebauchery.com.