26th Annual Cajun Music & Food Festival - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

26th Annual Cajun Music & Food Festival

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

If you're looking for something to sink your teeth into, check out the 26th Annual Cajun French Music and Food Festival at the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.

A festival where the cracklins are hot and the music and dancing are even hotter.

"I speak fluent French and I am just proud as can be," President of the Lake Charles chapter of the Cajun French Music Association Walter Gotreaux said. He's proud to be Cajun.

But the festival is more than just bringing Cajuns together for a good time, it's to celebrate and preserve the culture.

"We do it to try to keep the tradition alive. Our forefathers came as Cajuns to this area. We want to promote and continue the culture, the practice, the habits of the Cajuns of the past," Gotreaux said.

But it's not just the music that defines the Cajun culture, it's also the food.

"To be a true Cajun, you have to experience the flavor, the texture and the satisfaction of eating a good cracklin," Gotreaux said as he prepared to eat a freshly cooked cracklin. "How's the saying go? Mm Mm good!"

Many festival goers said that's what keeps them coming back year after year: the food and especially the music and dancing.

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