Food booths fuel festival crowd
By HARLAN KIRGAN
The 77th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival received good reviews at the food booths at Lawrence Park on Sunday.
Dee McCracken and Julie Ard were working the Cafe Jo Jo’s booth.
“It’s going wonderful today,” McCracken said. “Really big. We are giving a great day.”
Saturday was also a good day for the food booth where the crab cakes and the chicken and sausage were the favorites, she said.
“Not a lot of mud,” said Ard in reference to the 2011 festival, which was severely dampened by Tropical Storm Lee.
“There are more people,” Ard said when comparing the festivals. “The weather is nicer.”
Steven Bourg and Charlene Blanchard of Napoleonville rode to the festival on a motorcycle Sunday.
Bourg said they may return today with a vehicle capable of hauling something for a shopping trip to the arts and crafts booths.
“Considering all the rain that passed through with Isaac this is dry,” Bourg said of the park grounds.
Blanchard was eating a crawfish pie.
“Crawfish pie for $5 is kind of expensive, but guess what? Blanchard said. “It is delicious. Good. Worth it.”
Barry Walker was doing his part to add “delicious” to the festival at the New Zorah Baptist Church booth by coating and frying catfish filets.
“We normally have barbecue, but we didn’t know how the weather was going to be so we didn’t bring the barbecue pit out this year,” Walker said.
Walker was dipping the filets in corn meal and flour, and sprinkling them with a bit of seasoning before frying.
“Yesterday was kind of slow because of the game (LSU), but today has been a really good day,” he said about Sunday. “Very steady.”
Walker said the church group starts the festival day with about 50 lbs. of catfish filets.
Walker’s uncle, Warren Walker, said, “Everybody is enjoying themselves and the food is simply delicious.”