What is the Boudin Cook-Off?

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You can’t think Louisiana without imagining the numerous delicacies Cajuns enjoy. For the past decade, one of those dishes has drawn hundreds to Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette for a celebration and competition all centered around one thing: boudin.

First dreamt up by Robert Carriker, history professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette’s Boudin Cook-Off was established as a means of showcasing the talents of boudin makers from across the state. Now in its 10th year, the list of participants has grown, and those looking to sample the delectable dish will have the chance to try boudin from across the state. Here’s a “taste” of who will be attending this year’s event:

Chef Jay’s Boudin – Lafayette
Earl’s Cajun Market – Lafayette
Johnson’s Boucaniere – Lafayette
Twin’s Burgers and Sweets – Lafayette Menard’s Cajun Grocery – Duson
Chop’s Specialty Meats – Broussard
Champagne’s Marche – Leonville
Teet’s Grocery – Ville Platte
Cajun Culinary Roots – Baton Rouge Sonnier’s Sausage and Boudin – Lake Charles

And if you can’t get your fill, consider entering the boudin eating contest. Contestants will have to devour an estimated seven pounds of boudin as fast as they can. If you want to beat 2016’s winner, Aaron Boudreaux, you’ll have to do so in under a minute and a half!

What is Boudin?

Boudin is a combination of cooked rice, pork, onions, green peppers, and seasonings. The mixture is pulverized (to some degree) in a meat grinder before being stuffed into a sausage casing. It is then steamed—or otherwise heated—for on-the-spot snacking. To learn more about boudin, including how to pronounce it, you can visit our breakdown of the “Boudin Trail.”

Ticket Information

Free: Fun jumps, face painting, ice cream sandwiches, and contest entries for prizes.
Paid: $5 for eight tickets (good for boudin sampling and drinks).

Schedule of Events

10:00 am
Event Opens
Boudin Sampling and “People’s Choice” voting begins.
Music – The Babineaux Sisters (Center Stage)

11:30 am
Sign-up for “Boudin Eating Contest”
Music – The Specklers (Center Stage)

12:30 pm Boudin Eating Contest (Stage Left)
Music – Zydeco Radio (Center Stage)
2:00 pm Ice Cream Sandwiches Available (Polk Street)

 Where Can I Buy Boudin?

Babineaux’s Slaughterhouse

1019 Babineaux Rd., Breaux Bridge (337) 332-1961
– 4:00 p.m., Sat 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Bayou Boudin & Cracklin

100 W. Mills Ave., Breaux Bridge (337) 332-6158
– 6:00 p.m., Sun 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Don’s Specialty Meats

730 I-10 S Frontage Rd., Scott (337) 234-2528
– 7:00 p.m., Sun 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 104 Highway 1252, Carencro (337) 896-6370
– 6:00 p.m., Sun 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Early’s Food Store

1410 Saint Mary St., Scott, LA (337) 234-4592
– 8:30 p.m.

Guidroz’s Food Center

1301 E Simcoe St, Lafayette, LA (337) 235-5757
– 3:30 p.m., Thurs-Fri 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Janise’s Supermarket

147 Oak Tree Park Dr., Sunset (337) 662-5512
– 8:00 p.m.

Johnson’s Boucaniere

1111 Saint John St., Lafayette (337) 269-8878

Tue-Fri 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sat 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mike’s Country Corner

7499 Cameron St., Duson (337) 873-3467
– 8:00 p.m., Sun 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


509 Lafayette St., Youngsville (337) 856-6889
– 9:00 p.m.

Richard’s Meat Market

117 Park Ave., Abbeville (337) 898-0836
– 5:00 p.m., Sat 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Shawn’s Cajun Meats Too

210 W Hwy. 14, Delcambre (337) 685-0920
– 7:00 p.m.; Sat 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Boudin Resources

www.cajunboudintrail.com You’ll find more photos of the places and foods, recipes from the highlighted businesses, detailed mapping of the locations in the guide, and more.

www.boudinlink.com –You can find reviews, suggestions and a map to each of the listed locations and more. There are over 130 individual reviews.