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Creole Cooks!

What’s hot? Cayenne pepper. Jambalaya. Crawfish Etouffee. Filé Gumbo.

From the often overlooked state of Louisiana, Creole cuisine has become an international mouthwatering phenomenon. Its most noted characteristic is its spicy taste—the seasoning that gives Creole cooking that special kick. Creole cooking blends together all of its influential cultures, mixing tradition and invention to create a cuisine and culture all its own.

What’s hot? Heritage. Tradition. Language. Roots.

Creoles of Louisiana are a fusion of ancestries and cultures—Spanish, French, African, Native American and more. Rooted in custom, history, language. Bound together by land and blood. Out of a heritage of differences came unity. One people, one culture, one family.

What’s hot? Creole culture and Creole cuisine.

Creole Cooks!


Friday, January 18, 2002
Opening Ceremony

The festivities will begin with an opening ceremony on Friday January 18, 2002 at 7pm. This event will be sponsored by the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center and scheduled to be held at Northwestern State University. Plans are in the works to have presentations from Winston DeCuir of Baton Rouge, B. Christophe Landry, of New Iberia, and writer John Sarpy of Shreveport, and more.

Saturday, January 19, 2002

Begin at 11 AM until Midnight. There will be a break in the musical entertainment for the Mass Celebration at 5:30 pm.

Exhibits & Activities
All exhibits will be on hand for viewing beginning at 10 AM. Presently scheduled exhibitors include:

  • Louisiana Creole Heritage Center – "The Creole Rolls – Are You Listed?"
  • Cane River National Park
  • Paintings by Josie LaCour
  • Ceramics by The Sisters
  • The Country Store
  • Cooking demos by various Creole Cooks from across the state
  • Cajun/Creole Cattle Brands


LOCATION: All events will be held in and around the main hall of the St. Augustine Church of Cane River fame.  The church is located on Hwy. 484 in Natchitoches parish.  Coming in on I-49 from the south, take the Cloutierville exit, turn left onto Hwy. 1 to Hwy. 493, turn right to Hwy. 484 - from the north take the Cypress-Flora exit, turn right onto Hwy. 1 to Hwy 493, turn left to Hwy. 484. 

For additional tourist information and accomodation listings contact:
Parish Visitors Bureau
781 Front Street

ADMISSION:  $7 for adults, $2 for kids 7-17, and free for children 6 and under. Admission includes ALL events plus the main dance.

ACCOMODATIONS:   A block of rooms have been reserved at the Ramada Inn (318/3528281) for the nights of the 18th and 19th at a rate of $50 per night.

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Monday, January 28, 2002

St. Augustine Historical Society
P. O. Box 39 Melrose, LA 71456

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