Louisiana April 25, 2018
7 Little Known Food Festivals In Louisiana That Are So Worth The Trip
Well, folks, we’re heading into festival season so it’s time to get out your calendars. From here well into the fall, you can bet there’s some type of festival happening just about every weekend. From jambalaya to tamales, Louisianian’s will throw a festival for just about anything, but here are some of our favorite lesser-known food festivals that are so worth the trip.
Vendors from all over Louisiana and surrounding states come out to sell their hand-made items and delicious food. There will be live music, children’s activities, and many of the shops on Main Street will be open for business. Mayfest takes place May 4-5 in downtown Leesville.
2. St. Bernard Tomato Festival
Come kick off the Creole tomato season at the annual Tomato Festival. There’ll be oysters, BBQ shrimp, jambalaya, crawfish, and, of course, Creole tomatoes. The festival takes place May 4-6 near downtown Chalmette.
3. Grilling on the Main
Head on over to Minden to watch the best of the best put their BBQ skills to the test. There’ll be live music, craft vendors, and some of the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted. Cooking begins Friday, June 8th and then tasting and judging on Saturday, June 9th from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
4. Tangi Taste Fest
Tangi Taste Fest seeks to support local farms and locally owned restaurants and increase the availability and access to healthy local food. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, live music, and amazing food all await you at this brand new festival. The festival takes place June 15-17 at the Tangipahoa Parish Fairgrounds.
5. Beauregard Watermelon Festival
At this family-friendly festival, you’ll find carnival rides, a livestock show, craft vendors, plus so much more. Sign up for their watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, or even their watermelon carving contest. The festival takes place June 29-30 at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds.
6. Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
Celebrate the Louisiana sugar cane industry at this delightful festival that’s filled with parades, a carnival, a horticulture show, a car show, sugar cookery, live Cajun music and much more. Festival kicks off September 27-30th at Bouligny Plaza in New Iberia.
7. Bridge City Gumbo Festival
If you’ve never had Bridge City’s famous gumbo, you’re in for a real treat. More than 2,000 gallons of both seafood and chicken & sausage gumbo will be prepared for festival goers, plus amusement rides, live music, plus all the creole and cajun food you can eat. Save the date for October 12-14th at the Gumbo Festival Park in Bridge City.
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