SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Memorial Day is fast approaching, which also means Hattie’s Restaurant’s annual Crawfish Festival is right around the corner.
The festival, which co-owner and chef Jasper Alexander said was created as an excuse for them to throw a party, will run from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday.
“We’re continuing it all day and into the night,” said co-owner Beth Alexander in a press release.
The day will feature music from Garland Nelson “Soulist” in Hattie’s courtyard from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m., followed by Peter Davis and the Ragtime Stompers, who will play from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Jasper Alexander said this is an event they look forward to each year as they ship in fresh crawfish from Louisiana. It’s then consumed by the nearly 1,000 people who show up at the festival each year.
“They have the freshest product and are wonderful to work with,” Jasper Alexander said of his crawfish supplier in a press release. “They love that we do this event ‘up north.’ ”
The festival will obviously feature crawfish by the pound. But for those who may not like crawfish, you can always chow down on Hattie’s fried chicken, sausage and okra gumbo, and peel and eat shrimp, according to the release.
This is an all-ages event that is open to the public, according to the press release.
The Daily Gazette recently sat down with Jasper Alexander to talk about how they cook their crawfish, how you’re supposed to eat it and what to pair it with (it’s beer). See the attached video. A photo gallery from last year's event is also attached.