Love crawfish? Hate that we don’t have access to them regularly in Jackson? Then, this Saturday you are in for a treat! Go to the 7th annual Jackson Crawfish Boil on Saturday and get your fill.
Put on by 307 Live, the idea for this culinary celebration was brewed by Harper Hollis. A southerner himself, he moved to Jackson years ago but missed the New Orleans cuisine he had grown fond of. So what is an innovative man to do? Drive coolers of live crawfish out west!
He started the tradition first in backyards, then when it grew he had to find a more established location to house the popular event. Though many southern expats who are experienced crawfish lovers come to the boil, so do some newbies.
“It is fun to watch the people who have never had crawfish before try it. Last year the crowd was about 50-50,” Hollis said.
While crawfish is the main attraction, the event has evolved to offer other Louisiana culture, including importing a brass band (Stooges Brass Band) and red beans and rice cooked by Trey Davis of Sweetwater. Hollis said there will be all the fix in’s such as corn and potatoes too.
The event starts at noon and will last until 9 p.m. (or until the 1,000 pounds of crawfish being FedEx-ed from New Orleans run out). Cutty’s will be offering drink specials, and the first 500 people who show up will get a free memorabilia Koozi. Tickets are $15 in advance when bought here and $20 at the door.