FAT Tuesday! Yes we are beginning to plan for the Cajun Cookin’ Challenge!

WMPG will again be hosting our renowned Fat Tuesday party. This will be the 22nd year that we celebrate Mardi Gras with our volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland Community. It all happens on February 28, 2017 from noon to 3pm at the USM Woodbury Campus Center in Portland.

WMPG will be broadcasting New Orleans music live from the event. There will be plenty of WMPG on-air personalities to spin tunes, and there may be some surprise musical guest showing up to perform live Acadian music in the amphitheatre.

Last year’s winner was  Gritty McDuff’s as they took the honors and bragging rights with a wonderful Catfish and Sausage Gumbo that impressed the voters.

Coming in second was 2015 Cajun Cookin’ Champs Bayside American Café, with a Andouille Sausage and Chicken Gumbo, served with Basil Scallion Cheddar Cornbread.

In the amateur division Inge and her daughter Rowan took the honors with their tasty assortment of King Cakes. We aren’t sure who got the baby but Inge let us know that each cake had one of the traditional surprises inside!

Each year we host this party on the University of Southern Maine campus where the southern Maine community along with USM students, faculty and staff gather to shake off a bit of the cold Maine winter for some spicy New Orleans styled  food and music.  Our friends at CTN5 television produced a wonderful video feature highlighting each of the food entries.

Last year some of the contestants included Bayside Bowl, Congress Bar and Grill, Bayside American Cafe, Aramark /USM Dining, Silly’s, Po’ Boys & Pickles, Local Sprouts Cooperative, and Whole Foods.

If you wanna get a feel for the event and check out the party check out this nice feature the Bangor Daily News did on the event a couple year’s back!

BDN Fearture Link