Feed Your Soul at One of Louisiana’s Oldest Festivals
Gonzales, Louisiana - known as the Jambalaya Capital of the World - has been home to the Jambalaya Festival since 1968!
On June 10, 1968, John J. McKeithen, then Governor of Louisiana, proclaimed Gonzales as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World." In mid-June of 1968, the first festival was held, with only thirteen cooks vying to be crowned "World Jambalaya Cooking Champion.” By 1971, the festival was drawing crowds of nearly 50,000, and in 1972, the "Mini Pot" jambalaya cooking contest was introduced. The dish was cooked in the "World's Smallest Jambalaya Pot," a tradition which continues to this day that even the kiddos can participate in!
The festival kicks off with dozens of cooks in the running for the Jambalaya Champion. This traditional cook-off takes place over open, wood burning flames. So, if you’re looking for the most authentic plate of jambalaya, you are sure to find it here. Take a stroll through the cooking area to chat with the chefs as they tend to their pots and maybe even pick up a few tips and tricks to try at home.
Alongside the tasty jambalaya, the festival serves up a carnival with a variety of rides, a pageant and a car show - where you can view some classic cars and the most unique mini bikes. And with plenty of live music performances on multiple stages throughout the festival, you are sure to find a tune that will get your feet tappin’ and maybe even circle the dance floor a time or two.
This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to #FeedYourSoul in a way #OnlyLouisiana can.
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