The Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest returns for its 6th year

Downtown Chandler will feel a bit like New Orleans’s French Quarter for a few hours on Saturday, February 15th 2020. This is when fans of Cajun food and culture can expect to party into the night at the 6th Annual Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest.

AJ Chandler Park will again host over a dozen restaurants including Angry Crab Shack, Bayou Bistro and Honey Bears Cajun BBQ Cuisine serving up gumbo, crawfish, Po’boys and more. Abita beers such as Purple Haze, Hop On and more will be on draft.

“Angry Crab Shack is excited to team up with HDE Agency and bring a Mardi Gras party to the East Valley while benefiting one of our partners in Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Andrew Diamond, president of Angry Crab Franchise. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

HooDoo Coasters, Bluesman Mike, NolAz Band and Souled Out Jazz Band will perform live throughout the 9 hour festival. Food eating contest, lawn games, flame throwers and a Kid’s Zone will entertain festival goers.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital as they plan to expand into the east valley. The festivities start at noon and ticket options including veteran’s discounts, general admission and the Big Easy Lounge are available. To purchase tickets for the Angry Crab Shack Southwest Cajun Fest and get more information head to their website.

AJ Chandler Park is at 178 E. Commonwealth Ave. Chandler

Let the good times roll with Tom’s Thumb Cajun Beer Dinner Featuring Abita Beers

Just in time for Fat Tuesday & Mardi Gras, Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market says “Laissez les bon temps rouler” …. “Let the good times roll!” Chef Tudie Frank-Johnson taps into her Southern roots for a Cajun Beer dinner Chef Tudie is preparing a four-course meal to be paired with beers from Abita – a Louisiana brewery. This dinner will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 6:30 – 8 pm for only $36 (plus tax & gratuity) so your wallet stays fat too.

Ross Strozewski from World Class Beverages will lead the pairings of Abita’s beers with Chef Tudie’s Cajun cooking. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal including:

Pan Fried Blue Crab Cake
Served over Field Greens with Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Sauce
Abita Purple Haze

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Tudie’s delicious rendition of a Louisiana favorite
Abita Amber

Thick Sliced Smoked Brisket over Red Beans and Rice
Tom’s 12 hour smoked beef served with “Wash Day” beans!
Abita Turbo Dog

N’awlins Bread Pudding
Rich egg custard and cinnamon round out this buttery, rich pudding.
Abita Andy Gator

Reservations are required and will be held with a credit card. Guests can cancel up to 48 hours if needed. Make reservations by calling 480-513-8186 or visiting the market at 9393 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. www.TomsThumbFreshMarket.com

For those who prefer wine, a separate wine pairing will be available for an additional cost.