A few upcoming events to consider putting on your calendar:
- On Saturday, the Lago Vista and Jonestown Chamber of Commerce will host their fifth annual Jonestown Cajun Cook-Off from noon to 7 p.m. at Jones Brothers Park in Jonestown. Teams will be competing with their best gumbos and etoufees, and there will also be live music, kids’ activities and crawfish, boudin and other Cajun staples available for sale. You can find out more at lagovista.org.
- Love gumbo? You’ve got to check out Rain Lily Farm’s annual Fais Do Do Gumbo Cook-Off, which is taking place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the urban farm at 914 Shady Lane. The event allows teams to show off their best gumbo, while guests enjoy their hard work, live music from the Gulf Coast Playboys and a tour around the farm. Tickets ($35) are available online or at the door, and a portion of the proceeds to go the Austin nonprofit Creek People. Find out more on Farmhouse Delivery’s Facebook page.
- The Sustainable Food Center is hosting a series of free classes in April and early May to showcase healthful, plant-based dishes that celebrate African cuisine. The Taste of African Heritage series, in conjunction with the health nonprofit Oldways, will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from April 2 to May 7 at the SFC teaching kitchen at 2921 E. 17th St. For more information, go to sustainablefoodcenter.org.
- Johnson’s Backyard Garden will revive its popular Spring Hoedown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4, but instead of hosting it at the farm near the airport, JBG will invite the public to its newer parcel of land at 4008 River Road, located about 10 miles past the airport in Garfield. The event will feature a catered buffet from Ironwood Icehouse, live music and a 5K and 1K run. Part of the proceeds will benefit Farmshare Austin. Tickets start at $15 and are available at jbgorganic.com/hoedown.