Crawfish Festival Hits Weekend Sweet Spot

Perfect weather, live music and great food -- all for Family House charity.

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    Crawfish. Bay. Perfect weather. Helping charity. If there's a better feel-good combo this weekend, well ... good on us, right?

    The Third Annual Crawfish by the Bay Festival is pulling together some serious ingredients, including thousands of pounds of Louisiana crawfish, for Saturday's gastronomic, music-filled extravaganza.

    All you can eat tickets are $30, they benefit Family House (an entirely worthy cancer support organization) and includes "live brass bands, Afro-beat funk bands, and DJs spinning favorite New Orleans jazz, funk and R&B tunes."

    The all-day festival is at the San Pablo Arts District in Emeryville. And the crawfish cookin' is left in the capable hands of Yon Davis, a Big Easy native. Davis has reportedly been perfecting a family recipe that goes back beyond his 20 years at the boiling pot.

    He's also perfected the turnover of fresh, hot mudbugs: a 100-gallon tank that pumps out 600 pounds of goodness each hour. Groups are fed every 90 minutes, initially, and then every hour -- thus ensuring everyone gets their fill.

    Full disclosure: this writer has lived in New Orleans and cooks up a mean boil, so this weekend's adventure is more like a challenge, too.

    Click here for more ticketing information.