Embracing the Cajun culture through food and music - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Embracing the Cajun culture through food and music

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The 23rd annual Cajun Music and Food Festival kicked off Saturday at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

The event featured outstanding Cajun musicians, dance contests, favorite Cajun dishes, and other events.

Donald Leonard is of Cajun descent, and he said he looks forward to this event every year.

"I just think it's a wonderful thing because our Cajun culture is unique," said Leonard. "I just don't want to see it die. Instead I want to promote it."

Leonard does his part in promoting the Cajun culture through cooking his famous shrimp etouffee for the festival.

"This year I'm cooking 120 pounds," said Leonard. "I might run out before the festival is over with."

Jambalaya cooks told 7News they have to cook at least 30 pots every festival in order to have enough for the customers.

"They say the economy's bad but it doesn't look like it from this festival," said Leonard.

In addition to the Cajun food, patrons in attendance also enjoyed the sounds of the Cajun accordion.

"This accordion is different because when you push it in, it's got one tone. But when you pull it out it's a different tone." said Lee Richard, a member of the Cajun Music and Food Association. 

The Cajun music comes with popular dance routines such as the Cajun Waltz and the Jitterbug.

"We've danced to the accordion, the fiddle, and the guitar for about three or four year generations now," said Richard. "If we don't keep pushing it, it's eventually going to die out.

The Cajun Music and Food Festival runs through Sunday, July 18th.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Suspects in Broad Street homicide arrested

    UPDATE: Suspects in Broad Street homicide arrested

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:59 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:59:00 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Three suspects in a homicide at an RV park on Broad Street Saturday morning have been arrested, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting at the Twelve Palms RV Park around 6 a.m. Saturday, July 22. 

    More >>

    Three suspects in a homicide at an RV park on Broad Street Saturday morning have been arrested, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting at the Twelve Palms RV Park around 6 a.m. Saturday, July 22. 

    More >>
  • LCPD holds recruitment day to hire 17 more officers

    LCPD holds recruitment day to hire 17 more officers

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:48:50 GMT

    Dozens of law enforcement applicants poured into the Lake Charles Civic Center Saturday morning to see if they have what it takes to become a Lake Charles Police Officer. Applicants who turned out Saturday endured a number of health and psychological screenings. 

    More >>

    Dozens of law enforcement applicants poured into the Lake Charles Civic Center Saturday morning to see if they have what it takes to become a Lake Charles Police Officer. Applicants who turned out Saturday endured a number of health and psychological screenings. 

    More >>
  • Families gather in Sulphur for Alfi's Syndrome family reunion

    Families gather in Sulphur for Alfi's Syndrome family reunion

    Saturday, July 22 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-07-23 01:04:57 GMT
    (Source :Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source :Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Saturday was a learning experience for parents of children with Alfi's Syndrome.  Families from all over the world traveled to Sulphur for the "9pminus" family reunion. 

    More >>

    Saturday was a learning experience for parents of children with Alfi's Syndrome. Families from all over the world traveled to Sulphur for the "9pminus" family reunion. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly