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Seventeenth Annual WMPG Fat Tuesday Celebration & Cajun Cooking Challenge

WMPG, Southern Maine’s communty radio station at the University of Southern Maine, is hosting its 17th annual Fat Tuesday Cajun Cooking Challenge featuring local restaurants from 12 noon-3 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, in USM’s Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. At the event, WMPG will broadcast Mardi Gras and Carnival music from all over the world. Local restaurants prepare their best Cajun fare for this event and attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite dish. There will be raffles and giveaways throughout the day, and plenty of WMPG on-air personalities on hand.

While the event is free and open to the public, a suggested donation of $3-$5 is requested to cover the cost of hosting the annual Fat Tuesday Celebration. Last year, over 500 people attended.

WHEN:  12 noon-3 p.m., Tuesday, February 7

WHERE:  Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland Campus (Bedford Street)

CONTACT: Dale Robin Goodman 780-4151, 

This year’s restaurants include:

Silly’s Restaurant (2009-2011 winners)
Hot Suppa  
Po’ Boys & Pickles
Great Lost Bear
Izzy’s Cheesecake 
USM Dining/Aramark
The Frog & Turtle
Empire Dine & Dance 

Any restaurant, individual, or organization is welcome to enter the Cajun Cooking Challenge. All entries must be pre-cooked and set up on the table by 11:30 a.m. and staffed until 3 p.m. Winners will be announced on-air after 4 p.m.

WMPG is a volunteer-driven non-profit community radio station broadcasting 24 hours per day from the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. WMPG broadcasts an eclectic schedule of programming, which includes music of many genres, local public affairs, and news, all free from corporate influence. Local listeners, businesses and organizations provide a large portion of the funding for WMPG.