Flavor and fun from the bayou

Published March 8, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG - Get a taste of Louisiana without leaving Florida this weekend at the seventh annual Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival in Vinoy Park.

Promoters promise 10,000 pounds of mudbugs, plus a crawfish eating contest and a children's race involving the creatures.

Other comestibles will include beignets, crawfish pasta, alligator jambalaya and red beans and rice.

There will be zydeco music, Cajun dancing (and dance lessons), arts and crafts, even Mardi Gras couture.

Part of the proceeds will support the Children's Dream Fund.

If you go

Seventh annual Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival

When: 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Vinoy Park, Fifth to Seventh avenues and Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

Tickets: $12 Friday, $15 Saturday, $12 Sunday, $35 weekend pass. Children 10 and under get in free. Includes festival admission, entertainment, family activities, access to food and beverage vendors. Available at gate, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, 898-2100.

Parking: Available at BayWalk garage on Saturday and Sunday only with shuttle service to festival grounds.

No: Alcohol outside festival grounds; pets; coolers; umbrellas.

Event schedule: www.cajunconnect.org; 892-5767.