Bugs & Brew for Drew

Drew Rodrigue Foundation Announces 4th Annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beer Festival
Crawfish Enthusiasts, Local Breweries, and Musicians Come Together to Support the Fight Against Cancer
The Drew Rodrigue Foundation announced the fourth annual Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beer Festival, which will take place at a new location on the banks of the Mississippi River at River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World on April 20, 2013 from 11:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. Featuring a crawfish competition, Louisiana beer garden, local music, and children’s entertainment, this family-friendly festival will benefit the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, a local non-profit which celebrates heroes in the face of adversity, in honor of Drew Rodrigue, a local football coach who battled against cancer.
“My husband Drew embraced life and believed that cancer would not win each day,” said Mary Kathryn Rodrigue, Chairman of the Board of the Drew Rodrigue Foundation. “This event is in homage to that passion for life, an opportunity for us to change the lives of others, while celebrating moments with friends and family.”
Proceeds from this event will support the Foundation’s many charitable projects. The Foundation’s mission is to change the lives of individuals who have stared their adversities in the face and have bravely decided to suit up and march onto the playing field of life and show others that giving up is not an option.
Growing rapidly in its first few years, the event will move from its original location at Jesuit High School to the River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World, where over fifty teams from around the region will compete for the titles of “Best Crawfish” and “Best Lagniappe.” The festival will also feature local craft beer and a cask-aged beer garden, hosted by the recently formed Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, with participation from all seven of Louisiana’s breweries: Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, NOLA, Parish, and Tin Roof.
“The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild is honored to be a part of Bugs & Brew in our inaugural year,” said Conrad Rolling, Executive Director of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild. “It’s a fantastic chance to celebrate the exceptional craft beer that Louisiana breweries are producing, while supporting a great cause.”
In addition to the crawfish boil-off and beer garden, Bugs & Brew will feature the musical talents of Papa Grows Funk, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch, and Stone Rabbits. Kids can enjoy face painting, and there will also be a raffle, with the opportunity to take home gift certificates to local restaurants, local artwork, vacation packages at hotels along the Gulf Coast, and more.
Admission to the festival is FREE. Advance VIP tickets can be purchased online for $50 until April 15 at http://www.bugsandbrew.com, or after April 16, for $60. Also known as the Cajun Pass, this ticket allows you to eat and drink all day. Separate drink and food tickets will also be sold at the event. Enthusiast Members of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild receive a $10 discount.
About the Drew Rodrigue Foundation Formed in 2009, the Drew Rodrigue Foundation’s mission is to change the lives of individuals who have stared their adversities in the face and have bravely decided to suit up and march onto the playing field of life, showing others that giving up is not an option. In its first year, the Foundation partnered with Young Adults Taking a Stand Against Cancer to help raise $50,000 for donation to the Drew Rodrigue Memorial Fund with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2011, the Foundation formed the Drew Rodrigue Memorial Equipment Fund for Abbeville High School, and donated $5,000 to the Mary Bird Cancer Center to fund patient educational and supportive programs. In 2012, the Foundation established the “Forty Nine Society,” which helps struggling individuals by giving them a “surprise gift” to lift their spirits and improve their lives. With their signature annual event, Bugs & Brew for Drew Crawfish Cook-off and Beef Festival, the Foundation has raised over $100,000 to support cancer research and other charitable causes. For more information, visit http://www.thedrewrodriguefoundation.org.