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2016 LOUISIANA - JUNE and JULY 2016
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

(see also:  2014 - 2012 - 2011)

June 3-4, 2016  Cookin’ On The Cane BBQ Competition & Festival
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Held on the downtown riverbank, this cook-off is open to professional and non-professional cooks. There will also be a children’s BBQ chicken cook-off open to ages 5-16. This event is an IBCA competition. Attendees will not be able to taste the foods, but food vendors will be available along with children activities and live entertainment. (also: )

June 3-5, 2016  Cajun Heritage Festival - Larose, Louisiana
The 40th Annual Cajun Heritage Festival will have various Cajun dishes, souvenirs and cajun crafts, a duck decoy auction, a miniature boat building contest and much more.


June 3-5, 2016
Bon Mange' Festival
Raceland, Louisiana
Good eating" festival with cajun food, music, dancing, rides, & games.

June 4-5, 2016
New Orleans Oyster Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter's position as the "Oyster Capital of America"

June 9-11, 2016 - Louisiana Corn Festival - Bunkie, Louisiana
Held the second full weekend in June each year, this will be the 30th annual event, promoting our city and the impact agriculture has on it and the people in the area.

June 11-12, 2016  Creole Tomato Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana
June in New Orleans means the arrival of Creole Tomato dishes on local restaurant menus, in farmers markets, and at roadside stands. Typically the crop arrives in early June, which is why the French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival is always held the second weekend of that month.

June 17-19, 2016  Louisiana Catfish Festival
Des Allemands, Louisiana
Catfish Capital of the Universe.  Sample from a wide variety of catfish dishes: including catfish platters, catfish boats, catfish po-boys and catfish sauce piquante. Rides, games, road races, and catfish-eating contest. Country store, plant booth and crafts. Live music.

June 20-23, 2016  HITEC 2016 - New Orleans, Louisiana
The World's Largest Hospitality Technology Show. HITEC is a service of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

June 23-25, 2016  11th Annual Beauregard Parish Watermelon Festival
DeRidder, Louisiana
Beauregard Parish Watermelon Festival -Home of the Sugartown Watermelon. There will be a host of watermelon games and events, as well as live music and entertainment. Come and taste some of the sweetest watermelons in Louisiana!

June 24-25, 2016  66th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival
Ruston, Louisiana
Held each year, the fourth Saturday and previous Friday in June, the Louisiana Peach Festival has something for everyone! Arts & Crafts, rides, 5-K, concerts, rodeo, parade, peach cobbler eating contest (with $1,000 prize), kids activities, food, kids fishing, bass & tennis tournaments, peach cookery contest (grand prize New Orleans get-a-way from Louisiana Life), baby photo contest, a skateboard & BMX show and more. This year we even have dinosaurs! 2016 music headliners, The Chee-Weez and Dylan Scott.  Opens Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. $10 per day or $15 weekend pass. Passes include concerts. No more food coupons! Vendors will take cash and/or cards.


July 4, 2016  4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 19-24, 2016
Tales of the Cocktail
New Orleans, Louisiana
This summer the industry’s most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe will drink in every ounce of cocktail knowledge and culture at Tales of the Cocktail. The world’s premier cocktail festival returns to New Orleans with another non-stop schedule of educational seminars, tasting rooms, Spirited Dinners, Spirited Awards, competitions and more. We guarantee you won’t leave thirsty.

July 29-30, 2016  53rd Annual Louisiana Watermelon Festival
Farmerville, Louisiana
The Watermelon Festival is celebrated the last weekend in July each year as a way of promoting the watermelon industry and showing pride in their harvest. Activities include: tennis tournaments, photo contests, best decorated window, arm wrestling, 5-K run, watermelon auction, watermelon quality and tasting competition motorcycle poker run, street dance, parade and much more.


2014 LOUISIANA - JUNE and JULY 2014
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

June 27-28, 2014  Le Festivale de la Viande Boucanee
Ville Platte, Louisiana
Better known as the Smoked Meat Festival, this two day event is promoted by Chapter 632 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and is held on the last full weekend of June each year in the "Smoked Meat Capital of the World". It showcases the Cajun heritage, friendly people, delicious foods, toe-tapping music and natural beauty of the region.


2012 LOUISIANA - JUNE and JULY 2012

events still waiting for new dates

June 23-24, 2012  Lacombe Crab Festival - Lacombe, Louisiana
Enjoy a weekend of great family fun with food, entertainment, gumbo cook-off competition, artwork, and carnival rides, all set under the majestic live oaks at John Davis Park.

July 4-8, 2012  Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival
Mandeville, Louisiana - Festival Discontinued as of 2013.


2011 LOUISIANA - JUNE and JULY 2011
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

events still waiting for new dates

June 19, 2011  Real Men Cook - New Orleans, Louisiana
Real Men Cook promotes male involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. Takes place each year on Father's Day in cities across the U.S. A national movement-get involved!




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