While many will be taking part in Mexican Delicacies this Saturday as part of Cinco De Maya, there is another celebration in Central New York featuring a Cajun Specialty. For 11 years, the Crawfish Festival has been held on the 1st Saturday in May at Syracuse. If you're like me the 1st question is what do they taste like? Bet it's not chicken.

According to the experts, crawfish tastes most like Maine Lobster if prepared the same way. But the preparation is what separates the crawfish from the lobster. Lobster is prepared by usually boiling in water and dipping in butter. While crawfish is mostly associated with Louisiana, it's prepared in a variety of Cajun spices and served in a basket with potatoes and corn. Ready to give it a try?

The Crawfish Festival is at Clinton Square in Syracuse this Saturday from 11 to 7. In addition to crawfish, there's shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice, crawfish bread, and beignets. New at this year's festival is a dish served at the Crawfish Festival in Chalmette, LA with a CNY twist, Mac -n- Cheese with Cajun seasonings and crawfish then deep fried. You'll also find an assortment of hot dogs, salt potatoes, clams and pulled pork.

The festival is a fundraiser benefiting Operation Northern Comfort, a non-profit group of volunteers helping Central New Yorker's who need assistance with moving, house renovations fundraisers and more. Get more details on the festival at their website.


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