Grab your mask and a bowl of Cajun crawfish because its Mardi Gras time at Universal Orlando (Photo: Universal Orlando Blog)

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration kicks off February 9 and along with the parades, beads and concerts comes authentic Cajun cuisine straight from the streets of New Orleans. This year, guests will be able to enjoy returning favorites and some new items available in the French Quarter Courtyard in the New York area in Universal Studios Florida starting at 4 p.m. New this year, all food and drink items will be served in tasting sizes. 

Let’s look at the newest Cajun dishes:
Crab Étouffée - The classic étouffée dish is served with rice and crab smothered in a savory sauce.
Catfish Po Boy - This fried catfish po boy comes with a crisp slaw and hot sauce, served with kettle chips. You can also choose from the shrimp and andouille sausage po boy and chicken po boy.
King Cake - It isn’t a Mardi Gras celebration without King Cake. Sink your teeth into this sweet cake and be transported right to the festivities on Bourbon Street.

Returning favorites to this year’s Cajun lineup include Gumbo, jambalaya (available without shrimp), red beans and rice (available without shrimp) and beignets. There are also the twisted taters with a new Cajun seasoning twist.

Wash it all down with new specialty drinks including:
Mimosa Bar - Try unique mimosa flavors like caramel apple, raspberry, rosemary, mojito mint and more.
Signature Drink - For a non-alcoholic option, check out the Bayou Bog Water with gummy worms and fish, blueberry boba heads and a lemonade and ginger ale mix.

Other specialty drinks include:
Carnival Cocktail
Ragin Rumbalaya
Vicious Voodoo
(a combination of the first two)
Craft beer selections

Universal’s Mardi Gras runs Feb 9 - April 4.