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New Orleans Oyster Fest
The Acme Oyster Eating Contest is a hit at the New Orleans Oyster Fest in June of each year.

There must be something in the water.  How else can you explain the amazing flavor of Louisiana's seafood?  Don't think you've eaten Louisiana seafood before?  We bet you have—Louisiana is the number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crab, crawfish and even gator in the country.

We think that's reason to celebrate, and we don't mean five friends and a cake.  We're talking 10,000 of our closest friends, street parades, live music and fireworks extravaganzas.  Would you expect any less from the home of Mardi Gras?  We didn't think so.

Check out these delicious Louisiana seafood festivals.

New Orleans Oyster Fest:  If you were to eat your way across New Orleans at the city's best seafood restaurants, it'd take you a good week, a tank of gas and plenty of dough for tips and parking.  But here's a secret: You can try them all on one June afternoon at the New Orleans Oyster Festival.  Restaurants such as Acme Oyster House, Drago's and GW Fins serve up a variety of fare and there's even an Acme Oyster eating Contest. 

Delcambre Shrimp Festival:  Shrimping has long been the lifeblood of the Louisiana community of Delcambre, and its people come together the third full weekend in August each year to celebrate the beloved crustacean. Feast upon shrimp served up every way you can imagine, and see who wins the shrimp cook-off.  As you climb aboard the carnival rides and boogie to the live music, keep an eye out for the lovely Shrimp Queen.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival:  Shrimp and petroleum may seem an unlikely pairing, but the industries are a mainstay of Morgan City's economy and this Labor Day weekend festival celebrates them both. The free event features down-home Cajun cooking, arts and crafts, live music, parades and a Blessing of the Fleet. 

Louisiana Seafood Festival:   Louisiana's seafood heritage creates one of the most flavorful cultures in the world.  Add in some Louisiana music and celebrate our greatest bounty:  seafood!  This FREE October festival in NOLA's City Park will feature food from Acme Oyster House, Drago's, Saltwater Grill, Woody's Fish Tacos and many more!

World Championship Gumbo Cookoff:  Each October, almost 100 teams gather in New Iberia, Louisiana for this ultimate battle to crown the best roux!  Live music and Louisiana cuisine are the highlight of the weekend festivities, but Sunday the gumbo takes center stage.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay:   For over 40 years, the people of LaFourche Parish have been celebrating gumbo in October!  It's a family celebration complete with live music, carnival rides and a 5k run.

Need more festival info? Check out Louisiana's fall festivals or the Louisiana spring festivals!