Cajunfest returns to Amber Falls Winery in Hampshire on May 26 with Zydeco, gumbo and a good cause


Cajunfest returns to Amber Falls Winery in Hampshire on May 26 with Zydeco, gumbo and a good cause

Defined by its outstanding Cajun music, food, and fun, the 10th annual Cajunfest at Amber Falls Winery & Cellars is scheduled for 12 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Always held on the Saturday before Memorial Day, it is a day that has the toe-tapping tunes unique to South Louisiana echoing off the scenic hills and ridges of Hampshire, Tenn., about 35 miles southwest from Spring Hill.

The festival attracts almost 1,500 people from more than a dozen states. They come for the authentic Cajun music and foods prepared by some of the best chefs and cooks South Louisiana has to offer.

Cajunfest 2018 is presented by Crescendo Sponsor, First Tennessee Bank benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County, which provides before/after-school programs and summer curriculum that serves more than 1,200 children per year with tutoring by certified teachers, daily homework help, nutrition education and physical fitness, job training and college readiness programs, drug
and alcohol prevention, character building, financial literacy, and fun with peers in a safe, supportive environment.

Cajunfest 2018 will include the second annual gumbo cook-off contest. Teams will prepare their best gumbo recipes from scratch, and event attendees will be invited to taste and judge the gumbo entrants. The winner receives $500 along with bragging rights. This year’s event will also include a prize for first runner up. For more information about entering the gumbo cook-off contest, visit www.amberfallswinery.com.

Wayne & Same ‘Ol 2 Step and the Jambalaya Cajun Band will provide the music.

Headliner Wayne & Same ‘Ol 2 Step keeps their music firmly grounded in the style of traditional Zydeco. Wayne Singleton, founder of the band, has toured and played throughout the United States and in Europe. The Jambalaya Cajun Band are regulars at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and a talented mainstay in Cajun music.

In addition to the music, Cajunfest serves up award-winning wines and authentic Cajun foods: boiled crawfish, boudin, jambalaya, and fried alligator.

Amber Falls Winery & Cellars is located at 794 Ridgetop Road in Hampshire, Tennessee.

Gate admission is $15. Food and gate admission packages may be purchased at a discounted rate in advance of the event, online at www.amberfallswinery.com. Group discounts are also available if purchased in advance. For more information, call (931) 285-0088 or visit www.amberfallswinery.com.

2018 event sponsors include: Crescendo sponsor First Tennessee Bank; Platinum sponsors Reliant Bank, First Farmers Bank, Maury Regional Medical Center, and International Assurance of Tennessee; Silver sponsors Hampton Inn Columbia Commons, Airgas, CB&S Bank, and Ghertner & Company; and Bronze sponsor Cook’s Pest Control.

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