It’s a Louisiana sausage kind of thing that you might not understand if you’re not from here. If you like Cajun culture’s squiggliest export, you’re going to love the big Boudin Cook-Off in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette Oct. 16. The cook-off, which benefits the Historic Preservation Alliance of Lafayette, will utilize more than a ton of boudin from 21 local meat markets for sampling. Now in its 3rd year, Lafayette’s Boudin Cook-Off will bring together the top professional and amateur boudin makers from across Louisiana. Festivities include music by the Specklers and Thomas “Big Hat” Fields and His Footstompin’ Zydeco Band, free fun jumps, free ice cream sandwiches from Borden’s, cooking demos from Tony Chachere’s cooking team, a free “boudin toss,” a Boudin-eating contest, and free face painting. In addition, there will be food, product giveaways, prizes, refreshments and fun for the whole family. The boudin sampling begins at 10 a.m., and boudin sample tickets may be purchased for 50 cents. Ample free parking is available downtown adjacent to the park. The event is presented by and, Downtown Lafayette, and the Lafayette Convention and Visitor’s Commission. For more information, visit — Dege Legg

The illusionist dance company, MOMIX, will perform at the Heymann Center on Oct. 19 as part of PASA’s performance series. While in Lafayette, MOMIX will also visit UL for a special performance to honor one of its former members, “Pi” Keohavong. The Laos native and New Iberia transplant was a UL dance student and a principal dancer with MOMIX, the Eric Hawkins Dance Company and Pilabolus. The highly talented and successful dancer died in January after a brief bout with stomach cancer. Reservations for the event are available by calling (337) 237-2787 Ext. 206. The company’s finale will be a student performance on Oct. 20 at the Heymann. Tickets and reservations for the performances are available through PASA’s website and at the Heymann Center box office.

Oct. 14: Native and Edible Plants with Dr. Charles Allen
Iberia Parish Main Library
445 E. Main St., New Iberia
6 p.m.
Free event, pre-registration is encouraged
Dr. Charles Allen, retired professor of biology from UL Monroe, will lead a hands-on presentation on the health benefits of growing and cooking native Louisiana plants.

Oct. 18-20: “Inspirations from MOMIX”
Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Road
9 a.m-5 p.m.
Free event
Floral arrangement inspired by MOMIX and presented by the Lafayette Garden Club

Oct. 18: Celebrating Pi “Chi”
Burke-Hawthorne Hall, UL Lafayette
6 p.m.

Oct. 19: Momix Botanica
Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Road, Lafayette
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20: Student Performance
Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Road, Lafayette
10:30 a.m.
Reserve spaces online.
Hope Rurick


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