Flocked with locals and visitors, alike, Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off is a culinary showcase of Cajun cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients found along the bayou. In a two-block area of historic downtown Thibodaux, Big Boy’s takes place each year as the kick-off event of the Thibodeauxville Fall Festival weekend. This year it’s bigger and better than ever with over 45 teams cooking up items like shrimp & grits, jambalaya boulettes and charbroiled oysters, it’s one of the bayou’s best kept secrets.

Nearing its 19th year, the cook-off attracts close to 5,000 attendees in the lively nightlife district of downtown Thibodaux. With a stage set up for local entertainment, tents lining the inner streets and unique Louisiana fare being served in every direction you look, it’s the best block party next to Mardi Gras.

This year’s event will feature Nonc Nu and da Wild Matous. Their music is a mix of many different genres, including zydeco, rock and country. You might learn a few new words from Nonc Nu, as well. Their lyrics are infused with both English and Cajun French, and tell stories of childhood memories growing up along the bayou in south Louisiana.

Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off is Friday, November 11, 2016 in historic downtown Thibodaux. Entrances are located at St. Philip and West 3rd Street and St. Louis and West 2nd Street. Admission is a $5 donation to benefit downtown Thibodaux and includes servings from all cook-off participants. Gates open at 4:00 pm, food service starts at 6 pm along with entertainment. For more information call 985-413-9886.