March 2012 news including competition and special offer!
South Louisiana food festivals – worth every bite!
May is richly imbued with Louisiana food festivals, each with its own speciality and nearly all with plenty of live entertainment and family fun.
The month of May brings on some of south Louisiana's best annual food events, so make plans to get in on the delectable action. Consider starting off at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival - a quintessentially Cajun event in the heart of Cajun Country. You can enjoy Cajun cooking demonstrations, a crawfish-eating contest and plenty of live music and dancing.
If you're not quite stuffed after that event, drive on over to New Orleans for the Tomato Festival in Chalmette. It's a great place to get a taste of the very first Creole tomatoes of the season. Later in the month, there's another great opportunity to enjoy one of Louisiana's signature dishes, The Jambalaya Festival in Gonzales. One of the largest festivals in the state, this family event features a championship jambalaya-cooking contest. You can watch the best jambalaya chefs stir the giant pot over a wood fire and get your own taste of the spicy rice dish. Naturally, the festival also offers Carnival rides and live music.
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Robert Plant to headline 25th Sunflower Festival
The Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012 with a tribute to its hometown music legends in Clarksdale, Mississippi, with multiple celebrities and one of the world's most famous musicians, Robert Plant, headlining the celebration.
Other celebrities booked for the festival are multiple Grammy nominee Charlie Musselwhite, winner of more than 27 Blues Music Awards and Entertainer of the Year favourite Bobby Rush.
Fourth Annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage
Communities along Georgia's Antebellum Trail will again extend their Southern hospitality to visitors this April during the Fourth Annual Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage, with a wide array of heritage events and attractions that provide a window into 19th century Georgia homes and lifestyles. The 100-mile Antebellum Trail spans seven historically significant communities including Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Gray/Old Clinton and Macon. During the Pilgrimage weekend April 19-22, 2012, communities along the Trail will offer a wide array of museum tours and special events as well as entrance into private historic homes not generally open to the public.
It's Time to Take a Road Trip!
The first 10 trips of the '100 Alabama Road Trips' can now be seen on the Alabama Tourism website. These 'trips and trails' give visitors some great ideas for experiencing the best of Alabama. Suggestions include romantic getaways in Mobile on the Gulf Coast, Walking Tours of downtown Birmingham, Civil Rights history tours from Selma to Montgomery and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' tours in Monroeville.
Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit Opens at Graceland in Memphis
Presented by Fender in partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the exhibit celebrates Elvis' status as a music icon.
The yearlong 35th anniversary commemoration of the life and legacy of Elvis Presley continues in Memphis with the third and largest exhibit launching at Graceland in 2012. Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley Presented by Fender opened 1st March 2012 and will be open until February 2013.
Visit the soulful states of the Deep South for a journey through America's cultural and musical heritage with Abercrombie & Kent.
SPECIAL OFFER – Book any trip to the Deep South through Abercrombie & Kent during March and receive free car hire for the duration of your trip. More information...
WIN THE BLUES HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME!
We have joined forces with Doc Redeye Events and Burnley International Rock & Blues Festival to bring a truly momentous prize for the lucky winners of the 'Nothin' But The Blues Competition', a six-day trip to Memphis!
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We are also offering a pair of tickets to the Sunday of the festival, just email us to be entered into the prize draw.
Hangout Music Festival, Alabama
The beautiful white sands of Gulf Shores on the Gulf Coast of Alabama are set to host the Hangout Music Festival over three days commencing 18th May. The line-up includes the Red Hot Chilli Peppers as one of it's headline acts. 32 miles of beaches await visitors to this wonderful region! More information...
American Civil War – 150th Anniversary Commenmoration
As part of the commemoration of Georgia's pivotal role in the American Civil War and to mark its 150th anniversary a dedicated website has been especially set up. This website will provide an online portal to hundreds of organisations and community-related Civil War commemoration activities across the state. Features include an interactive map, access to a free trip planner, driving trails, an e-commerce section and more.
Johnny Cash Museum opening in Nashville
America's much-treasured icon Johnny Cash, who would have turned 80 on February 26, will be the focus of a series of tributes and celebrations in 2012 including the opening of a new Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville. On display will be many items from the legendary House of Cash that closed in 1999, as well as additional memorabilia endowed by the Cash family.