The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Crawfish Festival in the Heights from 11 a.m. to sunset Saturday, April 6, in the parking lot of Northwest Mall, 9500 Hempstead Highway.
The chamber has hosted the annual crawfish festival for more than 15 years and hopes to make this year’s event its biggest and best yet. While the festival previously had been primarily about the crawfish, the chamber has expanded its focus for 2013 to include new events, such as a car-and-motorcycle show and health fair.
“Last year, we pretty much just did crawfish, and it was basically your average crawfish festival,” chamber executive assistant Trish Lamia said. “This year, our goal is to have 10,000 people there, so we’ve upped it a little bit.”
The festival will also feature an expanded Kids World area, a “shoppers paradise” with more than 100 local vendors, free job-search services by Goodwill and the finals for the Idol of the Heights singing competition, which held preliminaries at local businesses throughout March. Steve Krase and the In Crowd and the Houston Chorale Showcase will also perform, and visitors can enter to win a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
The free event wouldn’t be complete without Cajun-style crawfish, which is catered by P.J. Cooker’s. Crawfish tickets cost $15 each through Monday, April 1, or $20 each at the event. The chamber offers discounted crawfish tickets for large groups.
“It’s a free event,” Lamia said.
“We’re just charging for the actual food. (A ticket) gets you three pounds of crawfish, corn and potatoes.
“There’s one thing that we really need, and that’s volunteers the day of the event,” she said.
For more information or to volunteer, call the chamber at 713-861-6735 or visit www.heightschamber.com.