Louisiana has over 400 festivals a year, celebrating everything from tamales to tarpons. The next two months are chock full of food festivals all around the state, and you should clear your schedule to make it to at least one of them. Here are 8 incredible food festivals in Louisiana that are worthy of a road trip.
1. Jambalaya Festival
Gonzales is known as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World," and after one visit to this delicious festival, you’ll understand why. The festival returns for its 52nd year from May 24-26, and you can expect a variety of food, live music, and of course, all the jambalaya you could ever eat.
Address: 120 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales, LA 70737
2. La Bonne Terre Festival
La Bonne Terre Festival kicked off its inaugural year last year, and they were so popular they decided to do it again. The festival supports Maria Immacolata Catholic School in Houma, and this family-friendly fest will have everything from fried gator bites to blackberry dumplings. The festival takes place on the Maria Immacolata Festival Grounds on May 18th from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.
246 Corporate Drive, Houma, LA 70360.
3. Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival
Smoked meat lovers, this one’s for you. The Louisiana Smoked Meat Festival returns for two days and you won’t want to miss it. Come out and see who will win the top honors from the smoked meat cook-off and feast on delicious smoked meat. The festival takes place May 17-18.
Address: 704 North Soileau Street, Ville Platte, LA 70586
4. Starks Mayhaw Festival
Sweeten up your day by taking the whole family to the Starks Mayhaw Festival in Starks, Louisiana. Stock up on delicious mayhaw jelly from local vendors, ride the carnival rides, and enjoy great live entertainment. The festival takes place May 17-19.
5. Mudbug Madness Festival
The Mudbug Madness Festival has grown into one of the biggest festivals in Louisiana, and it’s worthy of a road trip. This Shreveport festival takes place May 24-26 and you can expect all the best Louisiana cuisine, including crawfish. Enter in one of the crawfish eating contests to earn bragging rights.
Address: 101 Crockett Street, Shreveport, LA, 71101
6. Cajun Heritage Festival
The 42nd annual Cajun Heritage Festival takes over Larose on June 1-3 and it’s quite the attraction. Celebrating all things Cajun, festival goers can expect to see a woodcarving championship, a duck calling contest, a decoy & shotgun raffle, and loads of mouthwatering Cajun food.
Address: 307 East 5th Street, Larose, LA, 70373
7. Gheens Bon Mange Festival
Bon Mange means good eats, so be sure to bring your appetite to this delicious festival. Featuring freshly cooked food using ingredients harvested from the community, you can expect some amazing Cajun dishes here. The festival returns for its 46th year June 7-9, and it’s chocked full of live music, live auctions, and incredible food.
Address: 1783 Highway 654, Gheens, LA 70355
8. Louisiana Peach Festival
Peaches and Ruston have a long history together. The Louisiana Peach Festival has been delighting Louisianians since 1951, getting bigger every year. This fruity festival features an arts & crafts show, a carnival, tons of activities for the kids, live music, and tons of peach-themed cuisine. The festival runs from June 21-22 and is always a good time.
Address: 401 North Trenton Street, Ruston, LA, 71270
Well now that you’ve got your weekends filled for the next two months, what festivals are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!