Wednesday, October 7, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – As the 42nd Annual Andouille Festival approaches, festival coordinators are encouraging residents and businesses to participate in the various events scheduled throughout the festival weekend. This year's festival features an Andouille Cook Off Contest, the Dang Douille Eating Contest, Apron Art Contest and a Second Line Parade. The festival will be held October 16-18 at the St. John Community Center and Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park in LaPlace and will feature music, good times, exciting contests, and great food. Visit andouillefestival.com for more information and registration forms or contact the St. John Economic Development Office at 985-652-9569.
Andouille Cook-Off – Saturday, October 17 – 1:00 p.m.
Local chefs, seasoned professionals and aspiring cooks are invited to participate in an andouille cook-off. Dishes must be prepared with Andouille as the main ingredient and may include but are not limited to appetizers, soups, gumbos, entrées or desserts. The cook-off will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday with judging promptly at 5:00 p.m. and the announcement of the winner at 5:30 p.m. The cook-off will feature a people’s choice award along with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as selected by a panel of judges. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, October 16th. Each team will receive 6 free admission bracelets and 1 parking pass for Saturday, Oct. 17th
Second Line Parade - Saturday, October 17 – 2:00 p.m.
Festival goers are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Second-Line Parade which will take place on the festival grounds at 2:30 p.m. Koryn Hawthorne, singing sensation from season 8 of NBC's reality TV competition “The Voice” will serve as the Grand Marshal for the parade. The parade will also feature the New Birth Brass Band, Stilt Walkers, Big Head, LaPlace Elementary Dance Team and Cheerleaders and the New Orleans Pelicans Dance Team. Pre-registration is not required to participate!
Dang Douille Eating Contest – Saturday, October 17 – 3:00 p.m.
Individuals who cannot get enough Andouille can register for the Annual Dang Douille Eating Contest. Contestants will be challenged to eat as many slices of Andouille as possible within a certain amount of time. The contestant who eats the most andouille is declared the winner. The entry fee is $10 and the deadline to enter is Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Andouille Run – Sunday, October 18 – 8:00 a.m.
Runners, joggers, and walkers are invited to participate in the 5 Mile Run and 2 Mile Run/Walk on Sunday, October 18th beginning and ending at the Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the discounted entry fee by registering before October 14th for $18.00. The registration fee will be $20 at the race. Participants can register at the St. John Sheriff’s Office, 1801 W. Airline Hwy or mail the application form to Andouille Run, 131 Alice Ln, LaPlace, LA 70068. Following the race, participants will be treated to free food and refreshments. For more information, please contact Za Maurin, 985-703-0917 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Race proceeds will benefit Keep St. John Beautiful.
Jazz Brunch – Sunday, October 18 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tickets for the Jazz Brunch are on sale now for $30.00 each at the Percy Hebert Building, 1801 W. Airline Hwy, LaPlace. Residents and visitors are invited to treat their palate to a Taste of St. John from local restaurants including Pirogue’s Café, Fatty’s Main Street Grill, Frenier Landing, Petra's, Momma Jo’s, Chung’s, Avis’ Kitchen, and Dunkin’ Donuts. While enjoying a variety of andouille dishes and southern recipes, guests will be entertained by musician, Robin Barnes. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door in the St. John Community Center.
Apron Art Contest
The Andouille Festival is also sponsoring its annual Apron Art Contest for school-age children. The contest is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade art classes in St. John the Baptist Parish and cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Contestants must incorporate Andouille or seafood in their art work and entries are due by Thursday, October 15th. Each entry must include a digital image of the project and a 500-word essay on why art matters, the impact of art on students, and plans to further school arts with the prize money.
Join us in the atrium of the St. John Community Center during the festival weekend to bid on artwork from some of St. John’s most celebrated artists as well as community donations, gift certificates for local restaurants, jewelry, activities and much more. All proceeds from the auction will benefit art programs for St. John the Baptist Parish Schools. Bidding will end on Sunday, October 18th at 3:00 pm and winners will be notified to claim their item at that time.
Donations for the silent auction are welcome. Please download the donation form at andouillefestival.com and return it to the St. John Parish Economic Development Department.
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