SYRACUSE Operation Southern Comfort/Northern Comfort will host its fifth annual Crawfish/Taste of Louisiana Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Clinton Square, downtown. There will be fresh crawfish and shrimp flown up from Louisiana, gumbo, jambalaya, beans and rice and other Southern treats, as well as food for the kids.
The festival will feature an assortment of bands, craft vendors, games for kids and items for sale with a Louisiana flair. There will also be a canned food drive for three different food banks. Anyone who brings a canned good or package will be rewarded with free Mardi Gras beads.
Operation Southern Comfort is an all volunteer organization that was started five years ago to help rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Area after hurricane Katrina. More than 2,000 volunteers from Central New York, including students from about a dozen high schools and at least six colleges, have made the 2,100-mile trip 38 times.
All monies raised at the festival will go toward helping those still in need in New Orleans and in Central New York.