Lowcountry Cajun Festival celebrates 20 years

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The 20th annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival returns to James Island County Park on Sunday, April 3rd, from 12 to 6 p.m.

Bringing Louisiana to the Lowcountry, Cajun Fest is a full day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities, a craft market, and all-around fun. Featured bands at this year's festival are JJ Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts and Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations.

Local and regional chefs will be on hand to cook up a variety of mouth-watering foods. Be sure to savor the tastes of authentic Cajun and Creole fare including jambalaya, alligator, etouffe, andouille sausage, and of course, crawfish, crawfish, crawfish.

If you think you can put down an unnatural amount of crawfish in a short amount of time, get your gut ready for the annual crawfish-eating contest at 2:30 p.m.

For the 2011 event, Lowcountry Cajun Festival is partnering with the Carolina Green Fair to support conservation efforts. Some vendors at the festival will be utilizing compostable products, and the Carolina Green Fair will be providing seven resource and recovery stations throughout the event grounds where festival-goers can deposit their waste for recycling.

Festival admission is $10 at the gate. Children 12 and under and Gold pass holders are admitted free. Once inside the gates, food vendors operate on a ticket basis. No coolers, outside alcohol, or pets permitted.