Asheville, NC – Get your taste buds ready for a sampling of our town’s finest Cajun cuisine at Asheville Mardi Gras’ 5th Annual Cajun Cook-off / Art & Oddities Silent Auction. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, January 19th 4 p.m. at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues on Broadway. The Cajun Cook-off / Silent Auction is open to the public and is a fundraiser to help support the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Ball which are free to all and will occur on Bacchus Sunday, February 10th, 2013. Everyone is welcome to try their hand at creating Asheville’s best Cajun dish. The crowd’s favorite will take home the coveted cook-off trophy, not to mention, bragging rights until next year’s cook-off where they will defend their title. Once all guests are pleasantly full, we will present the Art & Oddities Silent Auction where you can find and bid on spectacular, bazaar, collectible and crafty items created by local legends and folk artists.

This event always boasts the talents of local artists, chefs and lovers of Louisiana cuisine. For a $15 entry fee (or free with your Asheville Mardi Gras membership), you will enjoy delicious Cajun creations, dance to New Orleans style music and marvel at the costuming extravaganza that comes with the spirit of the Mardi Gras Season. This year’s Cajun Cookoff will also showcase local favorite, LaZoom’s Augusta Wind. Miss Augusta Wind will be our MC for the day – she is sure to blow you away! This is a community event and is family friendly. You and your family can participate at any level. Enter a Cajun dish, bid on or donate to the Arts & Oddities Silent Auction, dress in your Mardi Gras best and dance the evening away or just come with an empty belly and a hunger for some wonderful Cajun cooking!

If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming a member, entering a dish into the cook-off, or donating to the Art and Oddities Auction visit the Asheville Mardi Gras groups page on Facebook or find us at www.ashevillemardigras.org.

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