WMPG’s 2024 Annual Mardi Gras Cajun Cookin’ Challenge Winner is Bayside American Cafe

WMPG Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Poster

WMPG Mardi Gras Party – Feb 13th USM McGoldrick Center

Congrats to Bayside American Cafe as they took first place in the WMPG’s Annual Cajun Cookin’ Challenge

On Fat Tuesday, February 13th we were so excited to bring back the Cajun Cookin’ Challenge for another year of culinary delight and community celebration. More than 400 people attended and enjoyed this annual event. For the first time we celebrated the party in the new McGoldrick Student Success Center on the Portland Campus of the University of Southern Maine.

Local restaurants and caterers showcase their culinary prowess, offering a diverse array of Cajun delights for attendees to savor. In addition to the mouthwatering dishes, attendees were treated to Cajun/Zydeco music that transported them straight to the heart of Louisiana. The lively atmosphere, coupled with the enticing aromas wafting from the food stations, was a festive and communal experience for all.

This event has become a cherished tradition in our community, and we can’t wait to see everyone come together to enjoy great food, music, and company.

A huge thanks goes out to all the local support from our friends who competed in this years event – they all had amazing entries. If you missed the party, check out these great restaurants and of course SMCC’s Culinary Program!

  • Bayside American Cafe
  • Maggie Mae’s
  • Po Boys & Pickles
  • Ruski’s Tavern
  • SMCC
  • Sodexo
  • Soul Food Paradise