Hot crawfish and cold beer work wonders together. For the past few years, Bugs & Brew for Drew has shown what the duo can do for community causes too. The upcoming edition Saturday should underscore the point.
Like many New Orleans events, this combination crawfish cook-off and beer festival started among friends and has grown quickly. In its fourth year, the event moves from Jesuit High School to River City Plaza, the riverfront festival grounds at Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place).
More than 50 teams will boil crawfish, and the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild will run a beer garden featuring seven local brewers: Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, NOLA, Parish and Tin Roof. Local funk bands perform throughout the day.
Bugs & Brew for Drew is a benefit for the Drew Rodrigue Foundation, named for a late football coach. It benefits cancer-fighting organizations and youth sports.
Admission is free, and tickets are available on site for food and drinks, or attendees can purchase a Cajun Pass ($60) which includes food and drinks all day. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.bugsandbrew.com for details.