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October 11-13, 2018
43rd Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta - Zwolle, Louisiana
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 11-14, 2018  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 11-14, 2018  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 12-14, 2018  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 12-14, 2018  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 13-14, 2018  29th Annual World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off - New Iberia, Louisiana


Family oriented food festival in historic downtown New Iberia. Music all weekend.  Taking over historical downtown Main Street, the two-day event features the coming together of locals and visitors to celebrate Cajun cuisine and music. The main event happens Sunday with 100 teams competing to call themselves ‘champions” with the best gumbo in the world.  Teams are divided between professional and amateur and are required to cook a minimum of 60 quarts. Visitors can try as many types of gumbos as their hearts desire.  Saturday is fondly dubbed "Cajun Creole Foodfest” with teams cooking their favorite Cajun and Creole dishes for lunch, including two mini-competitions taking place – Meanest Beans and Youth Gumbo Cook-off throughout the day.  Attendance: 20,000.

October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 18-21, 2018  Annual 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 19-21, 2018  45th 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 20, 2018 - Tailgating Cook-Off - Loreauville, Louisiana
Tailgating Cook-off Competition, Poker Run, Dog Parade, Fun Walk, and Car, Bike & Truck Show.

October 20, 2018  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 25-November 11, 2018  State Fair of Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Livestock exhibits and competitions, carnival, entertainment, Ag Magic area, competitive exhibits, rodeo, cooking contests, and much more!


October 26-27, 2018
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 26-28, 2018  45th 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 26-28, 2018
Louisiana Seafood Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
The seafood festival is ON HIATUS FOR 2018.

October 26-28, 2018
French Food Festival
Larose, Louisiana
Enjoy over 20 local specialty dishes along with dancing and music. Folklife demonstrations that showcase the Cajun lifestyle can be seen.

October 27, 2018
Bayou Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Gonzales, Louisiana
Food Truck Festivals of America

October 27, 2018  Taste of Louisiana
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 27, 2018  Rice Capital Gumbo Cook Off - Crowley, Louisiana
The Crowley Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce it’s 14th 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 2018!  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 will begin at 10:30am continuing on throughout the afternoon! Fun Jumps and Face Painting will be available for the little ones!

October 27-28, 2018 - 45th 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.

Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
waiting for new dates

October 19-23, 2016  Louisiana Yambilee Festival
Opelousas, Louisiana

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.



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