Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jambalaya performs for boudin exhibit kickoff

    The Jambalaya Cajun Band performs at a special food-themed performance of the Rendez-vous des Cajuns radio and TV show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty Theater in Eunice. Members of the Southern Foodways Alliance will be on hand as part of "BOUDIN: THE TRAVELING EXHIBIT," a new display on south Louisiana's spicy rice and pork sausage which begins Tuesday and continues through July 23 at the Prairie Acadian Culture Center.
    The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is located at 250 West Park Avenue in Eunice. More information is available at 337-457-8499 or at
    Thanks to funding from the McIllhenny Company, SFA’s work on boudin began in 2006 with oral histories of storied Louisiana boudin makers like Robert Cormier of the Best Stop in Scott, Bubba Frey of The Mowata Store in Eunice, and John Saucier of Saucier’s Sausage Kitchen in Mamou.
    The SFA’s repository of boudin-focused oral histories has grown into a standalone website complete with an interactive map at www.southernboudin . Today nearly 50 oral histories are available online. When Butterfield and Robinson’s Global Heritage Fund offered support in 2009, the SFA began developing “BOUDIN: THE TRAVELING EXHIBIT,” which draws on those oral histories to tell the tale of one of Cajun country’s iconic foods.
    The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is managed by the National Park Service as one of six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The center features exhibits interpreting the culture of the Acadians who settled the prairies of southwest Louisiana. Folklife demonstrations include Cajun music, dancing, foodways presentations, and quilting and other handmade crafts. The center and all activities and demonstrations are free and open to the public.
    The center is open Tuesday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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