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Oh Lawd, these Cajuns sure know how to throw a party!

Oh Lawd, these Cajuns sure know how to throw a party!

Yummm!

We met up with them there Cajuns riverside, at the Bywater in Asheville, NC, USA, a unique private club with a magnificent view of the French Broad River. The crawfish were ALIVE and ready for boiling—in a pot made from an old beer keg! John Frederic, who delivered the fresh crawfish, had us all laughing as he shared humorous tales of life in the bayou. Steamy nights, cold beer, crawfish and silly Cajuns playing tricks on each other go hand in hand. Apparently you can do a lot more with crawfish then just eat um! With his rich accent our focused attention was required.

Let me have a go at recounting the process involved in a crawfish boil.

“Tak ya pirogue down de bayou a ways an catch yosef bout tirty pounds o dem crawfish.  Den tak dem crawfish an tro dem in yo pot. Den add a box of rock salt. Let dem soak for bout a bit. While dem crawfish is purgin, start yur boil pot on de cook fire. Tro in de spice, de whole onion, de corn an’ de new potatoes an’ let dem boil. Den tro in de crawfish wid two box rock salt, tree or two cut lemon, mo spice an de cayenne pepper. Let all dat boil up real good. Put dat ole newspaper on de table and warm de bread. When de crawfish is done, pour out da water. Den dump out de crawfish on de table an set out de bread. Den set down fo a Cajun feest!”

Cajun-John-Frederic As delicious as those crawfish were, we still made room in our bellies for the shrimp jambalaya, red beans and rice, and stewed peas. It was a good ol’ downhome experience we will never forget! Life in the Deep South doesn’t get much better!

Sending out a big THANKS to Teau and the gang at Teaufood Culinary Busking for providing this fantastic experience!

Teaufood Culinary Busking is simply food talent for tips. They do Teau & Susannot charge for their service; they just want to feed you!

Crawfish Boil: To see exactly how it is done Cajun style.

We found a fantastic Jambalaya Recipe and “Crawfish Boil” music video for your next Cajun night!

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Crawfish fun Teaufood style. Click on image for details.

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Bele Chere; Cultural Celebration or Uncontrolled Simpletons?

Confrontation

Cultural Celebration or Uncontrolled Simpletons?  by Liz Clark

What started 35 years ago as a local artisan’s street fair, Bele Chere—’Beautiful Life’ in Scottish— has become the Southeast’s largest free music and street festival, drawing over 350,000 visitors for three days of mirth and merriment. Lynne and I were determined to fully experience this rich cultural heritage, its many artists, musicians and culinary delights, for Bele Chere, 2013, would be the last one held in downtown Asheville. Although the festival is hugely popular it is not without controversy.

Liz-with-Christopher

With a towering cityscape as our backdrop we wandered aimlessly through the heart of downtown Asheville. Along with stages featuring headline musicians, we encountered talented street performers around every corner, adding to the artistic character of this event. The arts and crafts were an extraordinary representation of local as well as international talent. The vast array of food trucks and vendor stalls catered to the tastes of both the simple and sophisticated palate.

It didn’t take long however for our idealistic impression of this once grand festival to be shattered. Yep, that controversy I alluded to earlier roared its ugly head in the form of well-endowed, topless buskers seeking dollars for photo opportunities. I’m not sure if they were trying to be culturally relevant but their tainted clothing and skin gave off a hillbilly effect. Evangelical street preachers and atheists yelled at each other through megaphones, condemning born sinners and God worshipers alike. Those arguing the righteousness of their beliefs created heated encounters, teetering on physical exchanges. With the increase of alcohol sales the crowd joined in the riotous ruckus. Confused and concerned parents wanting to expose their children to an artistically cultural experience had no way of controlling just how much exposure this entailed. However, as initially intriguing and exciting as this all was, it became largely annoying as the days progressed.Oh My!

After three days of exploring Bele Chere we understood the need to discontinue what has become such a large event in this sweet little town of Asheville. The emphasis on a culturally significant celebration has being sacrificed to crowded, uncontrolled, free-spirited simpletons!

Unfortunately the Bele Chere of old is long gone.

With that being said, I wouldn’t have missed it and would go again if it were at a different venue.

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The Lighter Side of Bele Chere

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