Sunday, November 14, 2010
The event won the Southeast Tourism's Top 20 Events award and the Louisiana Fairs and Festivals Classics Award - who can beat that? It is always held at one of the loveliest times of year when you are sure autumn is finally on its way.
I have seen the nicest crafts at this fair than any I can recall. It is not high-end art like that of the Art Market, but quilts, wreaths, jewelry, antiques, Christmas decorations and kitschy home decor - 150 artists and crafters in all. Some of the exhibitors are retired folks who enjoy doing woodwork so now make bird houses and funny yard signs.
I have admired for the third year in a row the handmade quilts made by Doris Calamia of La Place, but decided once again, it is not time. When it is, I will definitely be calling Doris, perhaps to make a custom cover for my bed in a favorite color scheme.
The Fall Festival features pony rides, face-painting, tours of the plantation home, live music and volunteers demonstrating centuries-old homemaking techniques, such as indigo-dying, Bousillage construction and open-hearth cooking. You can rest on bales of hay and hear Louisiana music all weekend long.
All the local food specialties are for sale - poboys, corn and crab bisque, crab cakes, beef brisket, pork and crawfish boudin, alligator sausage and roasted corn.