Whether you're a native or newbie to Memphis, there's one thing you should know: the city doesn't play when it comes to food. Aside from perfecting soul food, the Cajun food here can go head to head with the authentic dishes straight out of New Orleans. This spring, get ready to celebrate everything covered in cayenne pepper, garlic and paprika. Now more than ever is time to add the Rajun Cajun festival to your 2020 Memphis festival lineup.
The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival is back this April to treat everyone to some down South grub. The star of the show that day is the crawfish galore. Not only will there be 17,000 pounds of crawfish to eat, but you can also bob for these mudbugs and participate in a crawfish race - an aquatic take on the Kentucky Derby.
The ultimate experience is for VIPs in the Swamp Tent. If you're set on indulging in all the Cajun food you can get your hands on, then the $125 ticket price may not be a deterrent for you.
Of course there will be unlimited crawfish, but you'll also have access to all the shrimp, gumbo and red beans with rice you could ever imagine (and that's just the beginning of the list).
It might turn into a rather boozy evening for VIPs, as they're entitled to unlimited beer and two drink tickets for a strong margarita or hurricane.
If the VIP life isn't calling your name, you can still eat as many crawfish as possible during the crawfish eating contest. You'll start with a three-pound bucket and chow down from there. It only costs $20 to enter and you're sure to get your crawfish fix.
For everyone else wanting to pay as you go, you can purchase three-pound crawfish for $20 (perfect for sharing), various BBQ, sandwiches, shrimp and grilled corn all under $10, beer under $5 and margs and hurricanes for $8.
To top off the day, you'll be surrounded by the sounds of live performances. Since part of the festival takes place off the iconic Beale Street, it's only fitting that you'll hear the sweet sounds of blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, R&B, and soul.
Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and some cash and get ready for a crazy day to kick off spring, Memphis style of course.
All proceeds go to Porter-Leath, benefitting local children and families with financial, emotional or social support.
Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival
When: April 19
Address: 100 Wagner Pl., Memphis, TN
Why You Need To Go: This seafood extravaganza is part party, part massive food festival.