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 most of them in early June at the New Orleans Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Riverfront Park near the French Quarter. 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. Do yourself a favor and don't miss the BBQ oysters from Red Fish Grill.
Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival: Lake Charles is a city steeped in a rich cultural history, with a thriving local economy that features a unique blend of music, performance, and visual arts. Each June celebrate the tastes and sounds of Louisiana.
Delcambre Shrimp Festival: Shrimping has long been the lifeblood of the Louisiana community of Delcambre, and its people come together the third 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.
Arts and Crabs Fest: Food is a way of life in Louisiana and this one day festival in Lake Charles in August celebrates the ties between Louisiana seafood and the state’s culture. Festival goers will dive into delicious crab dish tastings with local craft beer pairings from some of Southwest Louisiana’s most popular restaurants. Other highlights include live music, and an art market featuring local artists’ paintings, jewelry and more.
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 seafood-centric fall festival (check the website for dates as it varies) held in NOLA's Woldenberg Park, will feature food from Drago's, Galatoire's, Luke, Mahony's Po-Boys, Tujague's and many more!
World Championship Gumbo Cookoff: Every year on the second weekend in 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. Want a flavor teaser? Make this award-winning seafood Gumbo recipe from the cookoff.
Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay: For more than 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.
Plan Ahead - Amite Oyster Festival 2018: Since 1976, the residents of Amite have been celebrating their oyster industry. What began with a single day celebration has blossomed into a three-day spring festival complete with live music, carnival rides, and oysters served more ways than one can imagine. Mark your calendars for this annual March celebration at the Tangipahoa Fair Grounds.
Plan Ahead - Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival 2018: Breaux Bridge has been celebrating the crawfish since 1960 with this three-day festival featuring crawfish, Cajun music including zydeco and swamp pop, dancing lessons, more crawfish and more crawfish. Yum! Don't miss out!