There’s only one thing Louisiana loves more than boudin, and that’s cracklins! A cracklin is pork rind’s bigger, better, and tastier sibling. This popular, southern snack is made by deep-frying chunks of pork in its own rendered oil…twice. While you can find cracklins in almost every local grocery or gas station stop in St. Landry Parish, there’s one place you have to go to get them fresh. Sample fresh pork cracklins at the Annual Port Barre Cracklin Festival. Every year, since 1985, locals and visitors alike have dashed to the small town of Port Barre in November to sample this Cajun treat. So, head to the top of the Bayou Teche to try it out for yourself.
There’s more than just cracklins at this event. The festival also features a full carnival for kids, children’s games, a beauty pageant, and live Cajun, zydeco, and swamp pop music bands. The festival is a major fundraiser for the Port Barre Lions Club.
The Cracklin Festival is held the second weekend in November every year. Ice chests, glass containers, and pets are not allowed. Children 10 and under get into the festival grounds for free.