Tag: Louisiana

Will Harvey flood Acadiana?

Now that Hurricane Harvey has gotten your attention, allow the words of Venerable Crawfish to offer some solution for Louisiana.  The question is: will Lafayette, New Iberia, Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Charenton and other communities outside of the Atchafalaya Basin flood…

You too, can be a Louisiana citrus farmer!

When I got into agricultural journalism 16 years I embraced the thought of being a farmer. Well, farming is not one big Mardi Gras, you know. There’s weather and a whole bunch of other stuff, but mainly weather. Anyway, as…

Jazz Fest tourist, caveat emptor!

Greetings from the bayou. Venerable Crawfish here. Some may call me a protectionist but I hate for tourists visiting Louisiana to not get their money’s worth. I mean to say, the bottom has dropped out of the oil barrel and…

Elvis loved crawfish

Elvis loved crawfish. In this brief excerpt from Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean by Sam Irwin, Elvis (and rock ‘n roll) helped make the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival a resounding success. Once Carl Simon’s two-year stint…

Crawfish Festival dates announced … in Oregon!

Breaux Bridge is the Crawfish Capital of the World as decreed by Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long in 1959. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival began in 1959 and the party honoring the red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii)hasn’t stopped yet. But…

It Happens in Louisiana

It Happens in Louisiana: Peculiar Tales, Traditions and Recipes from the Bayou is Sam Irwin’s newest book to detail Louisiana’s idiosyncratic lifestyle. It will be published by History Press October 19. Irwin, Louisiana’s pre-eminent crawfish historian (ok, only crawfish historian),…

It’s Crawfish Festival Time! In Oregon?

It’s true…Oregon has a crawfish festival and it pre-dates the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival by a few years. The crawfish served in Oregon is the American Signal Crawfish, the same crawfish that is taking over the Thames River over in…