Boucherie this weekend at the Dewey Balfa camp

by Mary Tutwiler

For anyone who has always wondered how the squeal gets in the boudin, here's the opportunity to find out. As part of the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week, on Saturday, April 17 musician Linzay Young and artist Toby Rodriguez will perform a traditional Cajun boucherie as a workshop. "We're inviting people to come out and observe or participate in the old tradition that yields such popular Cajun delicacies as boudin, gratons, hog-head cheese, backbone stew, barbecue and freissures," says Young. It will be a hands-on activity and the general public is welcome to come up and learn this ancient tradition of Cajun Louisiana.

The event starts at 6 a.m. at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte. The boucherie is located at the opposite end of the boulevard parking lot from where the dances are held. That night, The Red Stick Ramblers will be closing out the dance stage Saturday night after the boucherie is all over. Admission is $7 and includes all activities on Saturday. For more info about the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week including directions, go to the Louisiana Folk Roots Web site.