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A Creole in the Country: Cajun cook-off edition

Even in a state renowned for its abundance of festivals, you may not have heard of the Blackpot Festival & Cook-Off. The annual culinary competition at Lafayette's historic Acadian Village has only one requirement: Every dish has to be cooked in a black iron pot. Of course, no Louisiana fest worth its salt would ignore sights and sounds in addition to flavors, and this one is no exception. There's an annual accordion contest, square dancing and plenty of room for RVs and camping.

NolaVie photographer Matt Hinson attended the recent 2013 Blackpot Festival, and offers this collection of sights, sounds, and savorings from the experience. Maybe it will whet your appetite for a trek west, black iron pot in tow, in 2014.