Like white on rice, gumbo and Louisiana are inseparable. Nowhere else in the world will you find Louisiana's signature dish of gumbo prepared as well or served with as much gusto! Join us every October and November for these delicious gumbo festivals.
Louisiana Gumbo Festivals You Must Taste
Chackbay: The Louisiana Gumbo Festival is in Chackbay, the “Gumbo Capital of Louisiana” (as declared by the state legislature), and has been running strong every October for more than 45 years. If the fest’s first four decades are any indication, the crowds of thousands will be returning for years to come. Get your fill of spicy gumbo and other Cajun specialties like jambalaya, and then watch athletes run off their meal during the Gumbo 5K.
Bridge City: Not to be outdone by Chackbay, Bridge City boasts its title as the “Gumbo Capital of the World.” The Bridge City Gumbo Festival has grown into one of the New Orleans area’s premier food events (of which there are plenty), with annual visitation numbers topping 60,000. With a range of competitions ranging from a gumbo cook-off to a Miss Creole Gumbo pageant, you’ll want to see what’s cooking in Bridge City at this October event.
New Iberia: Watch and be amazed as more than 100 teams of gumbo pros cook up their best pots (from scratch) at this annual October competition. At this cook-off, everything, from the roux to the rice, is prepared on site, meaning attendees are getting the freshest bite with every bowl.
New Orleans: Feast on Creole, Cajun and even vegan gumbo while listening to some of New Orleans’ best brass bands. This free festival, held in the historic Tremé neighborhood, takes place every November — just when the summer heat gives way to the cooler temps that Louisianans call “gumbo weather.”
Lafayette: The Cajun Country capital of Lafayette cranks up the heat with this festival, held every October in the authentic 19th century Acadian Village. “Blackpot,” as it’s known locally, is one of the newer gumbo festivals, and it’s also one of the biggest. There are cook-offs for everything good and down-homey; look for gravy, gumbo, cracklins, jambalaya and dessert competitions, and judge for yourself who has the tastiest dish. Then check out the music selection — you’ll find square dance groups and string bands, plus some of the best Cajun bands in the world (the 2014 fest featured Grammy Award winners The Pine Leaf Boys). And if you’re headed to Lafayette for Blackpot, why not make a whole weekend of it? Check the website for details on camping out at this event that guarantees you won’t go home hungry.