Célébrer 90 Ans
Ninety years after “Jolie Blonde” was first recorded, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is honoring the venerable ballad by dedicating the 2019 festival to the women who have helped preserve Cajun music. Headliners include Bonsoir, Catin, the Babineaux Sisters, Magnolia Sisters, T’Monde, Yvette Landry, Sweet Crude and Feufollet’s break-out vocalist, Kelli Jones-Savoy, hitting the high notes to barn-dance rhythms. Don’t miss Gina Forsyth and Sheryl Cormier’s hot jam sessions and a special exhibit by the official 2019 poster artist, Melissa Bonin.
BREAUX BRIDGE, ARNAUDVILLE, CECILIA
Dress Like a Bird, Shake Your Trail Feather
Those attending the 8th annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival Oct. 19 will receive complimentary gifts IF they come in costume to dance, feast and learn about the ecological and cultural values of the Bayou Teche Corridor. This year’s theme is “Whooo Loves the Bayou.” Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats parade from Poche Bridge to the festival grounds with a floating band escort. The Teche Project is hosting a “Trail Feathers” bike event, and there’s a combined pedal and paddle to the party option as well (techeproject.org).
Christmas before Thanksgiving
Take a break from cooking all those casseroles to attend a pre-Thanksgiving free concert, Sounds of the Season, featuring the Acadiana Symphony performing Christmas favorites Nov. 24 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church located at 108 E. Saint Peter St. (iberiacultural.com). You’ll be singing fa-la-la while baking those pumpkin pies.
Au Revoir Seafood King, Bonjour Burgers
Crowned the “King of American Seafood in 2018,” Chef Ryan Trahan was recruited to help rebrand Blue Dog Café with a revised, upscale menu introduced in January. Blue Dog’s owners have decided to rebrand once again. They will no longer retain a head chef and are now promoting more casual fare. Trahan left Blue Dog in June. Check out their new Wednesday Burger Night featuring an ever-changing variety of elaborate burgers and old favorites.
Battling Bow Maestros
Fiddlers listen up: Start practicing your dance-hall down-stroke for Battle of the Bows Cajun Fiddle Competition, held Nov. 2 at the Strand Theatre (423 Main St). Winners take home cash, trophies and connections. Open to Cajun-style fiddlers of all ages and performance levels. Strand Theatre, 423 N. Main St. (337-329-0106 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Foodie App
Computer science student, Matthew Bouchner, has created a new food app, MealMe, to interact with fellow foodies. It’s being tested in Acadiana for an official December release. When users come across a food photo, they can click “order” to see a list of food delivery services and compare food prices, click “reserve” to book a reservation or “info” to see details. They can also “like” posts and comment to interact with other users. Want to join the beta testing? Visit testflight.apple.com/join/15763Wz1.