What do cars, motorcycles, music, and jambalaya all have in common? They are all part of the Swamp Pop Music Festival this Friday and Saturday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. There is live music from a variety of great musicians, as well as a car and truck show, Swamp Pop Festival Queen Pageant, motorcycle poker run, children’s area, and a jambalaya cook-off.
Because we love food at I Must Eat, here is a little information about jambalaya, a Louisiana favorite and a common food item at many of our featured restaurants.
Jambalaya traditionally is made with rice, meat, and vegetables. Ham, chicken, sausage, pork, shrimp, and oysters are popular meat options, and many recipes include garlic, onions, peppers, and a variety of seasonings. Families might have preferred recipes, but what makes jambalaya so popular is its versatility: the cook can essentially mix in whatever ingredients they have on hand.
Creole jambalaya, which tends to be favored in the New Orleans area, includes tomatoes and Cajun jambalaya does not. Jambalaya is a cultural dish. French, African, and Caribbean influences are evident in the cooking methods and ingredients seen across the South.
On Friday, the gates for the Swamp Pop Music Festival open at 5pm and the music doesn’t stop until midnight. Saturday, the gates open at 10:30am and the music lasts until 11:30pm. Friday admission is $10 and on Saturday it’s $15, with all proceeds benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Stop out if you must eat jambalaya!