I spoke with Chris Moran of Louisiana Seafood Co. in the Nashville Farmers' Market, and he told me it's been an excellent season for mudbugs. He has been selling hundreds of pounds of bagged live crawfish out of his storefront and also selling out of hot boiled batches every Friday and Saturday. If you want to order some for your own backyard boil, or have Chris do the work for you, either on-site or to-go, check out his prices here (PDF).
Chris is also one of the organizers behind the new crawfish event, which is coming to the Farmers' Market on Saturday, June 2, from 4 to 10 p.m. Your $40 entry fee gets you access to all-you-can-eat crawfish with all the fixin's, bottomless beer and sodas sponsored by Abita. There will also be door prizes and raffles all night and Louisiana-style live music.
Attendance will be limited to 800 people at this 21-and-up event, and Moran will make sure that there will be plenty of crawfish for everyone. He is planning to boil literally thousands of pounds of mudbugs and is in the process of constructing a huge boil trailer which you can expect to see around town in the near future.
Here's the music lineup: Bullfrog Revue (tuba, guitar, harmonica, and funky relaxation); Roux du Bayou (Cajun French Chanky Chank/Zydeco; James "Nick" Nixon (blues/R&B); Les Kerr (Gulf Coast good-times tunes); Chief Smiley Ricks (Mardi Gras Indian); Ronnie Fruge' (rockin' country Cajun); Delicious Blues Stew (Bluesiana party band).
The party benefits Operation HomeFront, a charitable organization that provides assistance to soldiers returning home from overseas. The chapter of Operation HomeFront that covers Tennessee and Kentucky is based out of Fort Campbell and has been assisting with the planning and execution of the event.
Tickets are still available, but they are going fast here. If you want to make sure that you don't miss out on the fun and the opportunity to assist our returning soldiers, you'd better get a move on and buy those tickets, cher!