The Whole Family Will Love The Epic 3-Day Jambalaya Festival In Louisiana

While the origin stories of jambalaya aren’t 100% clear, this iconic rice dish has been enjoyed by Louisianians for well over a century. Many believe that jambalaya originated on the streets of the French Quarter, as an attempt by the Spanish to recreate paella. Since saffron was not readily available at the time, tomatoes were substituted, creating the Creole version so many love today. Take the tomatoes out and you’ve got Cajun jambalaya, which often is accompanied by crawfish, alligator, shrimp, etc. Any Louisianian worth their salt has their own special recipe that they have been tinkering with for years, and everyone will tell you that they have the best. And they do!

In 1968, Governor John K. McKeithen dubbed Gonzales the “Jambalaya Capital of the World,” and every year since then, Gonzales has thrown the Jambalaya Festival to celebrate this Louisiana dish.

Whether you’re on team Cajun or Creole jambalaya, one thing is certain: you better come hungry to this delicious festival!

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Address: 219 S Irma Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737, USA