Fall's Delicious Food Festivals

We don't just eat our favorite foods. We celebrate them with full-out festivals.

Egg Omlette at Giant Omelette Celebration in Abbeville

5,000-egg omlette is served at the Giant Omelette Celebration in Abbeville.

Fall. Food. Festivals. These three simple words mean so much in Louisiana. Fall means a break from the summer heat; food is what we do best; and festivals are when we throw a party to celebrate our favorite dish or crop. So what’s on the menu? A little bit of everything!

Since breakfast is the most important meal, let’s start with the 5,000-egg omelette served at the annual Giant Omelette Celebration in Abbeville. At this festival, they truly believe in the “incredible, edible egg” and honor it with a procession and egg-cracking contest.

Like to work up an appetite with some good competition? Then take a seat at the pepper-eating contest held at the Pepper Festival in St. Martinville. If you aren’t in the mood to taste fire, enjoy an okra pie while you watch the contestants sweat out their competition.

If you’re running a marathon or just like the idea of carb loading, sign up for the rice-eating contest at the International Rice Festival in Crowley.

Some festival planners can’t decide on just one food to celebrate so they choose an entire group! Don’t let the French names stop you from ordering mouthwatering dishes at the French Food Festival in late October in Larose. Ask a local for a translation and then proudly order pork routee and gratons followed by tartes a la bouille for dessert! Up in Shreveport, check out the Louisiana Soul Food Fall Festival to fill up on all the down-home comfort food to your heart's content.

Celebrate the love of Louisiana's official state cuisine, gumbo, at the Bridge City Gumbo Festival. In fact, Louisiana has multiple cities and regions that also feature their own signature dishes. Get a taste of Natchitoches' signature dish at the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival and a Zwolle Tamale at the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta.

Head to the Festival Acadiens et Creoles to discover Lafayette’s culture that makes the city so unique. It's a free three-day festival of nonstop music, dancing, food as well as crafts and a genuine Cajun and Creole experience like no other.

This is just a sampling of the many food festivals that spice up our fall calendar. Colfax hosts the annual Louisiana Pecan Festival, and for those looking to indulge in the Big Easy, New Orleans hosts the Fried Chicken Festival and the Beignet Fest.

Pull out your calendar and pick a fall weekend. You're sure to find beautiful weather and a buffet of fall food festivals to enjoy in Louisiana.