Pass a good time at Chauvin Fest!

The Terrebonne Advocates for Possibility will host the 10th annual Chauvin Fest at American Legion Post 380, 4990 La. Highway 56 in Chauvin, this weekend. 

Opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy authentic Cajun food, live music, games and much more at the event. 

A jambalaya cook-off will kick start the day on Saturday. 

In addition to the cook-off, food booths will be selling such home-cooked dishes as crab burgers, shrimp boulettes, white beans and rice and gumbo, among other mouthwatering foods, at the two-day event. 

“We’re trying to keep to what was done when the Cajuns first arrived,” said Kurt Lirette, president of Terrebonne Advocates for Possibility. “So, we’re using the crabs, the fish, the shrimp — the stuff that was used here years and years ago.”

The food is all affordably priced, Lirette added. 

Vendors will sell their handmade crafts at the festival, too. 

Hand-painted chairs, ice chests, Harley-Davidson leather jackets, artwork and more will be available for bidding at the festival’s silent auction. 

On Sunday afternoon, there will be costume contests for children and adults; winners will receive prizes. The event will also have trick-or-treating for the children that evening as well. 

Both days will be filled with music. Bands, including Nonc Nu & Da Wild Matous, Nashville South, Ryan Foret & The Foret Tradition and Moss Point 2.0, among others, will keep attendees dancing all day and night. (The full music lineup can be viewed below.) 

Door prizes well be awarded throughout the weekend, and entry and parking for Chauvin Fest are free. 

“Come pass a good time,” Lirette said. “If you’re going to come listen to music, bring a chair. Sit underneath the tents and enjoy the music all day. And when you’re hungry, get up and get you something to eat. You can stay there all day.” 

The non-profit Terrebonne Advocates for Possibility’s mission is to “ensure the survival of Chauvin’s living heritage, and to support her arts, cuisine and culture, through promotion, education and civic activities,” as stated on their website

The organization aims to refurbish a building in Chauvin to put a culture and heritage center in it through funds raised by the festival. In addition to showcasing the history of the area, the building will also host activities such as French, quilting and net making lessons. After the building is complete, the organization hopes to save funds to provide relief for the Chauvin community in case the area is struck with another disaster. 

“People should come out and support us because the Cajun way that we live has been railroaded by electronics and all of those things,” Lirette said. “We just need to get back to a community where we are all together…We need to build a better community.”