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Gumbo Ya Ya fest comes to Woodland

On Saturday, June 28, 2014 Louisiana Sue Ramon will hold her first Gumbo Ya Ya festival (presented by Coors Light) at the Yolo County fairgrounds located at 1250 East Gum Ave., Woodland, CA. The festival will feature live music and the ever delicious gumbo by Sue Ramon who brings it on with a dash of "Latin spices, Louisiana soul and American heart." Activities will begin at noon and run through 9:00 p.m.

Zydeco Flames will play at the first annual Gumbo Ya Ya
Susan Raines
Gumbo Ya Ya festival
Louisian Sue Ramon, Gumbo Ya Ya

Live music will include Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Zydeco, Blues, Dixieland, Latin and Rockabilly. This great mix of genres, that compliments the history and nature of gumbo, brings in music by Carol Manson & Reggie Graham Trio, Latin Sounds by Solsa, Crescent Katz, Element Brass Band, BeaufunK featuring Michael Jeffries from Tower of Power, B K & the Sling Tones, Zydeco Flames, Zydeco on our Minds, and Joey V

The featured food, which is a major part of the festivities, will include Cajun and Creole, Latin, Soul and barbeque as well as some alligator sausage gumbo. The fairground facilities have four onsite kitchens that vendors will be utilizing. Participating vendors include the following tempting and tantalizing food specialties.

  • Soul Food - Chef Patrice Scott, Sacramento, Divine Dining Catering - Gourmet Mac n Cheese, Chicken, Homemade Ice cream, Peach cobbler
  • Latin Foods -Chef Michael Arroyo, Sacramento, On Tha Go Catering - Tacos, Burrito, Tostadas, Nachos, Crèche and Oysters
  • Cajun/Creole Foods from Lake Charles Louisiana, The Pearson Family - Jambalaya, Po Boys (catfish, bayou chicken tenders, shrimp, gator, Cajun sausage) Frog legs & Mélange Gumbo
  • JoAnn’s Catering from Southern California - Seafood Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, Lemon Cake
  • Extravagant Edibles from Sacramento - Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Muffaletta (New Orleans sandwich)
  • Smokin Ewe BBQ, from Dixon - Roasted Leg of Lamb with garlic & rosemary served on roll,Pulled pork and Lamb Gumbo made with a spicy lamb sausage
  • JJ Grillers (pending) - grilled tri tip, veggies
  • Sticky’s Big Bone BBQ - slow roasted alligator, alligator sausage Gumbo, alligator gumbo
  • Move Forward Inc. - All American: hot dogs, burgers, fries
  • California Shaved ice
  • Café Du Qvondeyz from Louisiana - Incredible sweets: Beignets, Bread Pudding, Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan Pie, Pralines, Café Au Lait and more!
  • Drinks at the Bar - Ice cold beer and specialty drinks: Our Gumbo Mary, Fire on the Bayou (Fire Ball Whisky & Swamp Water), Margaritas and Boutique Wines from Findleton Winery

Other scheduled activities and features are a Mardi Gras procession, a West Coast Gumbo Challenge, Lagniappe (something extra) Stage, dance lessons and a kids area with pony rides, bounce house and more. It almost sounds like too much fun but that's the way its supposed to be for those who enjoy celebrating life, music and food with family, friends and friends to be. According to Ramon, a Ya Ya is "a social gathering where everyone gets together to talk, sing, eat, drink and dance all at the same time."

Louisiana Sue is bringing on the flavor and the vibe to the maximum. The admission fee is $15 and free for kids which is minimal for the entertainment provided. Entrance does not include food and no outside food and alcohol or pets are allowed. More information and ticket purchasing can be found at their official webpage.

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