An All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Festival is Coming to Houston

Crack open the vibrant red shell and suck up the meat, it's the King of Crawfish Fest! Mudbug mania is coming to Houston and it's going to be an all-you-can-eat affair. Get your bibs and folding chairs, because you are not going to want to miss this Houston crawfish festival on Saturday, February 29th.

An All-You-Can-Eat Houston Crawfish Festival is Happening

The King of Crawfish Fest is the most anticipated seafood boil of the year, according to the Eventbrite page. Located at Emancipation Park (3018 Emancipation Avenue, Houston), attendees can expect live bands and DJs, VIP cabanas, the top-ranked specialty chefs in Texas, and all the crawfish you can handle. At the end of the event, stick around as the King of Crawfish is announced.

The all-you-can-eat crawfish pass is only $30, but run out every year, so make sure to get yours well in advance on the Eventbrite page.

While there are tons of other crawfish festivals happening in Houston during crawfish season (nine in total!), this one is the biggest all you can eat event. Other events include the Crawfish Festival in the Heights on March 7, the 3rd Annual Crawfish Cook-Off at Cottonwood on March 15, The Crawfish Trap Fest, and the Houston Crawfish & Music Fest at Peggy Park.

Why is Crawfish so Popular in Houston?

If it wasn't for A.J. Judice Jr., the Crazy Frenchman, Houstonians wouldn't have crawfish. He introduced Louisiana-raised crawfish at his store in Port Arthur in the early 1960s, and to promote his goods, he began hosting crawfish racing competitions. By 1976 the little crustaceans made their way to the Bayou City. The big oil boom had brought in workers from Louisiana, and with them came annual crawfish boils.

Today, restaurants like Boil House, in Houston honor the tradition of the Cajun cusine with menus filled with seafood boils. The seafood is in season from February to May, so make sure to grab a pound or two soon!

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