What a fun event!
From the minute I walked into Gator By The Bay – San Diego’s Cajun-inspired food and music festival – until the moment I left, this was an enjoyable afternoon and evening in Spanish Landing Park along the Harbor Island back bay.
Now I have been to many of these types of festivals in the past. Most are so-so but what made this stand one stand out so much was the music. It was awesome.
Gator By The Bay has the type of music from dozens of bands that is nearly impossible to find in San Diego. And that is Cajun, Zydeco, blues/rock and a few other things such as a Johnny Cash tribute band, all of which struck a nerve in this native Southerner.
Heck, I even heard The Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas (yes that’s the name of the band) play “Rocky Top” which, to an East Tennessean like me, is akin to handing out tickets on the 50-yard-line to a UT game.
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Upon arrival, I heard a band playing “Jambalaya” while I could actually smell jambalaya from one of the many food booths. Is that awesome or what!?
Later, I heard CashedOut, a Johnny Cash tribute band and right after that, caught the last song of Brian Jones Rock’n’Roll Revival and its fantastic rendition of the Rolling Stones iconic hit “Miss You.” It was all music heaven to these ears.
All around me was Cajun and Zydeo music, which is are among my favorite types of tunes. Us Southerners have a special attachment to New Orelans.
Food & Drinks At Gator By The Bay
Gator By The Bay has everything you can find in the Big Easy and throughout Louisiana: crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, hush puppies and beignets. Additionally, there are hot dogs, big bags of popcorn and lots of BBQ ranging from tri-tip to ribs.
Drinks are beers, seltzers and wine. There are no Hurricanes, the official drink of the city of New Orleans.
Important Things To Know About Gator By The Bay
• Your ticket includes your admission. Food and drinks are extra (beers are $10 and food is $10-25). You pay for the event, the atmosphere and the music.
• The cutoff for beer sales is well before the end of the day, so be sure not to miss “last call.”