Cajun French: la chaudière (la shō-dee-air) – cooking pot
The small town of Elton, LA was having their Coushatta Farmers’ Market and 2nd Annual Jambalaya Cook-Off. Approximately 40 vendors were expected at the farmers market. Once on the grounds, we realized the market was mostly craft booths, jellies and preserves, and sweets. What we did find was worth the trip – Louisiana oranges. Along with the oranges we purchased tomatoes and cucumbers.
Since the festivities were held the day before Easter, we found the Easter Bunny walking the grounds. Photo opts were available as well as hugs. There were many children following the bunny, probably hoping for a sweet treat.
The participants in the cook-off were working hard to get the jambalaya cooked in time for the judging. The wind was playing havoc with the cooking fires. We arrived about an hour too early for the jambalaya and besides we were still stuffed from breakfast; remember the Rice Palace.
We did however enjoy the music of Bernie Allen and his band. They were playing down home good ole Cajun, Swamp Pop, and Zydeco tunes that had us toe tapping. We lingered for a while but the day was calling and we were destined for more adventures.