The official Mardi Gras isn't until next week, but why not start the celebration a little earlier? Find a mask and string on some beads for a Rehoboth Beach Mardi Gras. Cajun cooking, Bourbon Street beverages, parties and live music make up this year's celebration in Rehoboth Beach. There will be special Mardi Gras parties and signature meals all over town, including restaurants serving up their own recipes for a spicy Gumbo Cook-off.
The plan: Gather at restaurants featuring authentic New Orleans cuisine in downtown Rehoboth. Most of the participating eateries are along Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues. The list includes Henlopen City Oyster House, Purple Parrot Grille, Cloud 9, Arena's and Dogfish Head Brewery, where the Mardi Gras menu offers traditional turtle soup, oyster Po' Boys, andouille sausage with red beans and rice and King Cake made with Shelter Pale Ale.
For the Gumbo Cook-off on Sunday, hop on the Jolly Trolley for a ride to all of the gumbo stops, from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Ballots are $5 and available at the Main Street office or participating restaurants.
While you're in town for a taste of the Big Easy, stop off at the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival on Saturday at the Convention Center. The sweetness starts flowing at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until the chocolate runs out or 3:30 p.m. Admission is $2. Tastings are 50 cents each. Children under 5 get in for free.
The details: The events take place Friday through March 8. Times vary.
Information: Go to downtownrehoboth.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun