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October 9-13, 2017
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.

October 27-29, 2017
Louisiana Seafood Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration of all the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes our state great.  Our three-day festival offers more and more every year:  Live Local & National Music across two stages.  Culinary Demonstrations from Noted Chefs and seafood education sessions.  Arts & Crafts Vendors showcasing gifts, décor and more.  Food and Beverages from some of the best vendors in the state.  Free Admission — bring your friends and family!


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
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October 6-8, 2016 - Zwolle Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, Louisiana
41st Anniversary!  The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta celebrates the rich Spanish and Indian heritage of the people of the town. Held each year at the Zwolle Festival Grounds, the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta offers a fun-filled weekend of reliving the area's heritage with plenty of delicious hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, parades, and children's activities. Always held the second full weekend in October, the Fiesta is fun for the entire family.


October 8-9, 2016
27th Annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off
New Iberia, Louisiana
Family oriented food festival in historic downtown New Iberia. Music all weekend. The "Battle of the Roux's".

October 13-16, 2016
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Lafayette, Louisiana
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles started in 1972 as an effort to keep Cajun culture alive. Since then it has grown into a three day event that attracts people of many different nationalities from all over the world. Whether you're amongst the young or the young at heart, you can bet that Festivals Acadiens has something that will tickle your fancy. Come join us for good music, good food, and good times!

October 13-16, 2016  Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair
Abbeville, Louisiana
Originally known as the Dairy Festival, the name was changed in 1979 to honor all the Cattle Industry of the state. Great musical line-up.

October 14-16, 2016  45th Annual Louisiana Gumbo Festival
Chackbay Choupic Fair Grounds, Louisiana
A family festival held every third full weekend of October in Chackbay, the "Gumbo Capital of Louisiana".

October 14-16, 2016  Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Bridge City, Louisiana
Bridge City's "world famous" Gumbo is cooked daily at the festival grounds and over 2,000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for our visitors during the festival. A variety of other native Louisiana cooking such as jambalaya, New Orleans style red beans and rice with sausage as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, onion mums, homemade cakes and candies, funnel cakes and many delicious surprises will also be available.

October 14-16, 2016  43rd Annual Andouille Festival
LaPlace, Louisiana
The St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival will feature music, good times and of course great food featuring Andouille, the delectable sausage for which the festival was named. Every year thousands of people merge upon the festival grounds for fun filled weekend, highlighted by cooking contest in which contestants prepared their recipes using andouille in three categories: gumbos, jambalayas, and miscellaneous dishes.

October 15-16, 2016  43rd Annual Old Farmers Day
Loranger, Louisiana
A reenactment of the methods our forefathers used to live, work, and enjoy life. OFD is sponsored by the Loranger FFA with the community coming together to help with the various activities along with the Brunett family. The FFA raffles off a Belgian colt given away during the horse pulling contest on Sunday.

There will be contests for kids; Saturday only: farriers contests and teamsters contests; and Sunday only at 1:00pm - 3:00pm a horse and mule pulling contest, with three classes at 1:00 - 3:00.  Reenactments include wagon train parade and rides; hog butchering and cooking; all types of field work done with Belgian draft horses and mules; sheep shearing, blacksmith shop; sugar cane grinding and syrup cooking; cooking biscuits, etc. on wood stoves; old timey working kitchen and smoke house; petting zoo with baby animals; antiques/crafts, spinning wheel & weaving, quilt making; all types of food - old timey and modern, and much more.

October 19-23, 2016  Louisiana Yambilee Festival
Opelousas, Louisiana
Celebrating the Sweet Golden Yam (sweet potato).  The Yambilee Festival starts on the Wednesday of the last full weekend of October and continues throughout the weekend.

October 20-23, 2016  80th International Rice Festival
Crowley, Louisiana
The International Rice Festival held annually in Crowley is one of Louisiana's largest and also it's oldest Agricultural festival held. Since it's first festival on October 5th, 1937, over 7 million people have attended the annual event.

October 21-23, 2016  Bucktown Seafood Festival - Metairie, Louisiana
St. Louis King of France School is thrilled to be hosting our 19th annual Bucktown Seafood Festival, a well-known event attracting crowds from many surrounding parishes. Every year, we offer delicious New Orleans cuisine and seafood. This year, we are pleased to announce that New Orleans KARMA and Category 6 will perform. We also offer rides for children of all ages, games for kids and adults, auctions, parade of prizes, a $3,500 raffle, and much more!  Bucktown Seafood Festival is our largest fundraiser and all monies raised during this event are used entirely to benefit our students. We are proud of our ability to offer superior educational opportunities to our students while maintaining small class sizes. We are grateful for your support!

October 22, 2016  Boudin Cookoff - Lafayette, Louisiana
Sample varieties of boudin from up to 25 of the region's top boudin sausage making masters.  Family Friendly Fun and Food for ALL - Free fun jumps, face painting, and games for the kids; free ice cream sandwiches from Blue Bell Creamery; Live local music; Boudin Eating Contest!; Creative cooking; Sample unique local culinary creations from some of the best meat shops around.

October 23, 2016  Oak Street Po-boy Festival - New Orleans, Louisiana
Presented by Abita Brewery, featuring over 30 food vendors serving the best-tasting po-boys in New Orleans, two stages with live music, panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy and the Oak Street corridor, and an expanded Kid's World.  The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (formerly the New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival) was named the Best Food Festival by Gambit readers for the third year in a row! Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and we can't wait to see you at this year's Festival!   Attendance: 50,000.

October 27-November 13, 2016  State Fair of Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Livestock exhibits and competitions, carnival, entertainment, Ag Magic area, competitive exhibits, rodeo, cooking contests, and much more!

October 28-29, 2016  South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff
Lafayette, Louisiana
Held annually at Lafayette”s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 7th year with an old-fashioned black pot cook-off, great music, an accordion contest, called square dancing, camping & jamming.

October 28-30, 2016  Annual French Food Festival - Larose, Louisiana
Free Parking & No Gate Fee.  The best in Cajun food, music & dancing. Carnival mid-way & live auction. Art show, Cajun market, petting zoo & Mid-South Pro Tour Bull Riding.  Contests of all kinds: Fun Walk/Race, cake decorating contest, art contest, 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Over 40 booths of fun!  Overnight camping available with advanced reservations.

October 29, 2016  Taste of Louisiana (formerly Fish Fry)
Oak Mountain State Park, Louisiana
Louisiana State University Alumni Chapter.  This event will be at the White Oak Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park.

October 29, 2016  Gumbo Cook Off - Crowley, Louisiana
The Crowley Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce it’s 13th Annual Gumbo Cook-Off! Come join us the last weekend in October in the Rice Capital of the World for a little friendly competition for the title of GUMBO CHAMPION 2016!  Time: Gumbo Ready at 11:30 am.  The event is open to the public throughout the day! A $10 gate fee will allow entrants ALL YOU CAN EAT Gumbo! Live Music by Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns and Colby Latiolais & Ambush will begin at 10:30am continuing on throughout the afternoon! Fun Jumps and Face Painting will be available for the little ones!


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

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October 2-3, 2015  5th Annual Lecompte Pie Festival
Lecompte, Louisiana
The Pie Capital of Louisiana Presents the Annual Lecompte Pie Festival. The Lecompte Pie Festival is celebrated on the grounds behind the Old Lecompte High School. The annual parade is held on Saturdays. . Line up for the parade is 9:00 am.  Parade starts at 11:00 am. Festival hours are Friday, 3pm-11pm and Saturday, 9am-10pm.  A slice of Louisiana is waiting for you!  Admission: $3.00.

October 18-21, 2015  DiRoNA's Annual Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
Distinguished Restaurants of North America.  25th Anniversary.  We will gather to celebrate, remember our past, and build our future.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events

waiting for new dates

October 11, 2013  Artoberfest - Rushton, Louisiana
Unique brews, German food, appetizer competition by local restaurants, cake walk, silent auction, and music. Presented by North Central Louisiana Arts Council and held at the Historic Fire Station.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

October 13, 2012  African-American Museum's Annual Okra Festival
St. Martinville, Louisiana
The African-American Musuem will host it's Annual Okra Festival with the traditional Cook-Off Competition featuring unique okra dishes, Zydeco music, entertainment, okra king & queen, food & drink booths and crafts.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events

waiting for new dates

October 1, 2011  New Orleans On Tap - New Orleans, Louisiana
Over 200 different kinds of beer to sample, live music, SPCA adoptions, food and a raffle. Held at City Park to benefit the SPCA.

October 15-16, 2011  Tailgating Cook-Off - Loreauville, Louisiana
Tailgating Cook-off Competition, Poker Run, Dog Parade, Fun Walk, and Car, Bike & Truck Show.




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