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.
Leap on over to the Rayne Frog Festival where the amphibian is honored in murals throughout the town and children of all ages cheer on their frogs in the famous jumping contest. Try the froglegs or the other Cajun fare dished out.
Want a po-boy? Want nearly 100 fillings to stuff into that slightly crunchy yet soft bread? The possibilities are endless at the New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival in late November. From traditional to fried lobster and fried bread pudding po-boys, you’ll leave wishing you had more time and a bigger stomach.
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 during mid-October. If you aren’t in the mood to taste fire, enjoy an okra pie while you watch the contestants sweat out their competition.
Some festival planners can’t decide on 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!
At Lafayette's Acadiana Wine and Food Festival, the Grand Tasting is an experience worth repeating as local chefs serve their best Acadian food and the world-class wine keeps flowing.
This is just a sampling of the many food festivals that spice up our fall calendar. LaPlace is known for its Andouille Festival. Colfax hosts the annual Louisiana Pecan Festival. And Port Barre celebrates the fried treat cracklin' during the Cracklin Festival.
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.