WMPG will be hosting our renowned Fat Tuesday party on Tuesday February 28, from noon to 3pm in Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland campus of USM. It’s an annual highlight when we celebrate Mardi Gras with our volunteers, listeners, USM and the greater Portland Community.
WMPG will be broadcasting New Orleans music live from the event. There will be plenty of WMPG on-air personalities to spin tunes, along with live musical guests The Hello Josephines katecampbellstrauss.com/thehellojosephines.html and Sylvain’s Acadian Aces www.facebook.com/cajunaces in the amphitheater.
Local restaurants prepare their best Cajun and Creole dishes and compete for Cajun Cookin’ Challenge bragging rights for 2017! WMPG listeners and supporters (including the USM student body and USM staff and faculty) are invited to attend, sample area chefs’ New Orleans style cooking, and vote for their favorite. The “Challenge” is from noon to 3.
There is no admission fee, but a suggested donation of $3-$5 will be appreciated to help WMPG cover the cost of hosting this annual event. Last year’s party drew more than five hundred revelers!
2016’s Cajun Cookin’ Challenge Champs were the folks from Gritty’s! And they are returning to defend their title!!
This year’s Cajun Cookin’ Challenge Contenders are:
~ Great Lost Bear http://www.greatlostbear.com/ (2013 Cajun Cookin’ co-CHAMPS!)
~ USM Dining/Sodexo www.usmdining.com
~ Po’ Boys & Pickles http://www.poboysandpickles.com/
~ Gritty’s http://www.grittys.com (2016 Cajun Cookin’ Champs!)
~ Abilene http://www.abileneportland.com/
~ Whole Foods http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/portland-me
~ Bayside American Café www.baysideamericancafe.com (2015 Cajun Cookin’ Champs!)
~ Silly’s Restaurant www.sillys.com (2009, 2010, 2011 Cajun Cookin’ Champs!)
If you want to get a feel for the event, check out this nice feature the Bangor Daily News ran on the event a couple of years ago: BDN Feature Link