Chandler, AZ –The Great Southwest Cajun Fest, brought to you by Abita Brewing, is set to return on Saturday, April 22, from noon – 9 p.m. in downtown Chandler. Showcasing the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor for a full day packed with cultural festivities, food and entertainment.
The Southwest Cajun Fest celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted beer, and will feature live music with jazz, blues and contemporary swing revival bands. Festival patrons will feel transported to the southeastern region of Louisiana during the Cajun Fest.
This year, the fest will feature twice as much Cajun food as last year! Here’s a link of participating restaurants and menus:
Angry Crab Shack - Shrimp and crawfish boil, Cajun turkey legs, gumbo, crawfish rolls, cornbread
Creole Cajun Bistro – Catfish and shrimp etouffee, catfish and shrimp baskets with fries, hush puppies and whisky bread pudding
Eddy Dee’s – Cajun boil, jambalaya bread bowl, creole shrimp skews, sausage, mac & cheese, beans and rice, and cheese fries
Grill King - Curry chicken, jerk chicken, catfish, ribs, red beans & rice, coleslaw
Honey Bear’s BBQ - Red beans & rice, Jambalaya bowl, Shrimp etouffee, Catfish etouffee, fried chicken, fried catfish, spicy hot links, grilled hot dogs, cornbread, fries, coleslaw, mac & cheese, chips, soda, water, sweet tea, lemonade
Hot Rod Hotdogs - fried gator, fried catfish, fresh cut curly fries, coconut shrimp, poor boy's
Jamburritos - fried catfish, bbq shrimp, jambalaya, red beans & rice, boudin, Andouille Sausage & peppers, hush puppies
My Friend the Chef - Crawfish, tacos & rice, bowl rice & veggies, salmon & chicken
Pearson’s Catering - Catfish, chicken, shrimp, gator, frog legs, po boys, jambalaya, hush puppies
Raging Cajun - Crawfish etouffe, jambalaya rice, red beans & rice, catfish po-boys, bbq
Tacos El Jefe - Crawfish boil, Cajun tacos, shrimp tacos, corn
Tee’s Concessions – Lobster mac & cheese
The Go Dogs - hot & spicy shrimp, crawfish fettuccini, crawfish boil, bread, soda & water
General admission is $8 during online presale $10 at the gate. Kids 12 and under will be admitted for free. A brand-new ticket for 2017 Southwest Cajun Fest is the Big Easy Lounge - only 50 tickets available, $45 each. Includes: four cans of Abita beers, bucket and swag, Jerky Boys Beef Jerky, shaded tables and lounge seating and private restroom. VIP admission is $125, which includes catered food, six adult beverages, access to exclusive Abita beer tappings, private seating in the VIP area, private restrooms and front stage access. GA, Big Easy & VIP tickets are only available in advance, online at www.southwestcajunfest.com.
The festival will feature live entertainment and a variety of food vendors serving up regional dishes. Festivities also includes themed zones such as Bourbon Street, French Quarter, Garden District and more. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to dress in festive parade style attire and join in on the fun and celebration. Eating competitions include watermelon, Cajun wings and crawfish.