Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Images of dancing through the streets of New Orleans, a huge party, Dixieland music and great food come to mind. And thanks to Sanctuary Vineyards up in Jarvisburg, the Outer Banks is going to get a taste of all of that.
What is the Cajun Occasion and Sanctuary Vineyards?
The Cajun Occasion will be this coming Saturday, March 2 , so it’s an almost Fat Tuesday celebration. It still has a lot of the right ingredients, though.
The music— “Just Playing Dixieland.” They’re a local band and they know how to get that New Orleans sound. They do sometimes wander into other types of music, but that’s probably because they’re so talented and diverse that they can’t help themselves.
And the food? The jambalaya and cornbread are common courtesy of Coastal Provisions down in Southern Shores. Dan Lewis, owner and the executive chef there is usually all about fine foods, but who’s to say cornbread and jambalaya can’t be a three-star dish.
If that’s not enough reason to take a 15-minute ride north of the Wright Brothers Bridge, what about barrel tastings of some Sanctuary Vineyards wines. That’s also on the day’s agenda. The Almost Fat Tuesday Cajun Occasion is an afternoon event scheduled from 2-5 p.m. That leaves plenty of time for evening actives to top off a great afternoon.
Sanctuary Vineyards, next to the Cotton Gin, has been turning out better and better wines and they are worth trying and probably buying a couple of bottles. John Wright, the owner of the vineyard, has been doing a great job of blending events with the setting he has there. When the weather is more cooperative, Acoustic Thursdays are a regular feature with the performance on the north lawn of the Cotton Gin. Even in the winter, there’s a reason to check out what’s happening there. Mercy Creek will be at the vineyard on March 15. An acoustic duo, the best way to describe them is as a folk-rock with attitude.