5th Annual Cajun Crawfish Dinner

Saturday, May 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Mark your calendar for Wharton Memorial’s Fifth Annual Crawfish Dinner, generously sponsored by Dr. John Bower and Edna Curry. Join us for live Zydeco music and the party of the year in Bedford!

The food is fabulous and a rare treat in these parts. Large freshwater crawfish are brought to Bedford live and boiled on the spot. Chicken gumbo and red beans & rice are made from old Louisiana recipes. Crawfish étouffée, a dish found in both Cajun and Creole cuisine, is most popular in New Orleans and in the bayou country of the southernmost half of Louisiana. The base of an étouffée is a dark roux. As in many Louisiana dishes, onions, green peppers and celery (a combination often referred to as the holy trinity) are added to the roux. The étouffée is usually seasoned with cayenne pepper, white pepper, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, salt, sometimes paprika, and, depending on the chef, a host of other seasonings! Last but not least, save room for corn on the cob!

Location & Date
The festival will be held on Saturday evening, May 25th in the beautiful Wharton Garden.

In case of rain: the festival will be held in the old Murray Bolling building at 317 Jackson Street–just across the street from Bower Center and behind Dave’s Auto.

Don’t know where to find us? View our location here.

$30 in advance online, $35 at the gate.
$10 dollars for kids 12 and under. Kids 5 and under get in free!

Included in ticket price: tea/lemonade, great music, and a 5 pound tray of crawfish with more at a nominal cost.

Beer/wine available for purchase.

Note: No coolers allowed

Interested in volunteering?
The festival requires much more help than the Board and committee members who normally support our operations can accomplish alone. Tasks we could use help with: setting up tables and chairs in the garden, collecting tickets, selling wine and beer and removing tables/chairs at the end.

We need volunteers both on Friday, May 24 for early preparations and on Saturday, May 25, the day of the Crawfish Festival. Please contact the Bower Center to discuss what time you would be available and the duties you might like to do. Some tasks require strong arms, but there are many that are not strenuous! If you’re interested, please call 540-586-4235 or email us. Thank you!

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