By Brooke Robichaux
LAPLACE — While in culinary school, Briante Kimble of LaPlace watched YouTube videos for inspiration to build her own brand of signature food combinations.
Kimble put a Cajun spin to each idea and created mouthwatering Andouille Jambalaya Eggrolls, Crawfish Spinach Eggrolls and Spinach Nachos, three dishes relished by hundreds Friday through Sunday at the 45th annual Andouille Festival in LaPlace.
The weekend marked Kimble’s second year joining the Festival. As one of 28 food vendors, she promoted her locally owned business, Diva Delights Catering.
Morgan Newton, above, of 4 of Us Catering was on hand this weekend sharing her food.
St. John the Baptist Parish Councilman Lennix Madere Jr. said there was a strong turnout Friday night and Sunday, while the threat of rain Saturday held back attendance.
Yet, Madere said those who did come out offered positive feedback on the rides, music and food.
“I haven’t heard any negative comments, and I think it was just as successful as the previous Festival last year,” Madere said.
“It brings the whole parish together, East Bank, West Bank, all in one location. There’s unity when people enjoy the same things at the same time. People liked the fact they had more rides for the kids and said the food was good, especially the booths that had jambalaya and pastalaya. We had cracklin in one of the booths from the West Bank that’s always a big seller. I think people were pleased.”
Faith Becnel & The Music Krewe were one of the weekend’s performers at the Andouille Festival.
Parish President Natalie Robottom said presenting sponsor Marathon Petroleum Company helped keep the main stage hopping with zydeco, country and pop music.
“Attendance was impacted by rain on Saturday, but Friday night and Sunday brought large crowds to the festival grounds, boosting sales by our local businesses, non-profits and school organizations that rely on this as one of their annual fundraisers,” Robottom.