At Lake Tahoe it would be hard to eat more local than at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa’s Boil ‘n Fry Day Festival.
The event, which takes place at the South Shore Saturday, features a portion of Lake Tahoe’s invasive crawdad population served up with corn and potatoes, New Orleans style.
“Called crawfish, crawdads or crawdaddys in other regions of the country, the creatures at the lake are known simply as Tahoe Lobster,” according to a press release from organizers of the festival. “Last year, MontBleu launched the inaugural festival to celebrate Tahoe Lobster Company, the first commercial outfit to harvest crawfish. Tahoe Lobster Company will supply this year’s batch of crawdads, which will come two hours fresh from the lake straight to the plate.”
Tahoe Lobster Co. received the first permit to harvest the crustaceans from Lake Tahoe in July 2012. Celebrating the homegrown food with a festival was an easy choice, said Dave Davis, director of food beverage and entertainment at MontBleu.
“It just seemed like a natural thing to do a backyard party and crawdad festival,” Davis said.
The outdoor festival also features a Miss Crawfish Pageant, a dunk tank, raffle prizes and competitions. Cash prize lawn game tournaments include $500 corn hole, $100 bocce ball, $50 croquet and $50 Frisbee, according to the press release.
Live music will also take place through the festival, which lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reno funk and soul band Mojo Green, California rock and reggae act Arden Park Roots, San Francisco folk band the Parmesans, Roseville rock act the Denver J Band and Virginia’s If Birds Could Fly are scheduled to perform at the event.
Entry to the festival costs $15 and includes music and lawn games. Plates of crawdads, barbecue and beverages are available for purchase once inside. A craft beer tasting wristband will also be for available for $15, Davis said.
Also at MontBleu on Saturday will be the forth annual Tahoe Show body building and sculpting competition. Pre-judging starts at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $22 for the pre-judging. Finals start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50 for the finals.