Louisiana street food is alive and well, but doesn’t get the recognition or celebration it deserves. That is, until New Orleans-based culinary production company My House Social decided it needed its own festival. The Inaugural Louisiana Street Food Festival will take place Saturday, January 13 in River Plaza (green space by the USS Kidd in downtown Baton Rouge) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. following Saturday’s Louisiana Marathon Finish Festival. Running the marathon or half-marathon on Sunday? Welcome to the perfect place to fuel up, with 24 Louisiana chefs serving their specialties all day, plus drinks and live tunes from the Grammy-nominated, Lafayette-based Lost Bayou Ramblers from 1 – 3 p.m. Food lovers of all ages welcome to #TasteLouisiana with no entry fee.
Overwhelmed by all the culinary possibilities? Check out our guide to a few favorites. These chefs’ menu items (and the inspiration behind them) will knock your socks off. Check out the full list of chefs or follow along on Instagram as My House Social reveals a chef a day!
For fusion cuisine inspired by the partnerships behind the food
Old School Eatsand Afrodisiac NOLA (New Orleans)
Both helmed by a husband and wife team, Old School Eats and Afrodisiac NOLA serve up unique fusion food inspired by the mixing of cultures—and ingredients. Afrodisiac NOLA serves Jamaican and New Orleanian eats, while Old School Eats specializes in a mix of old-school and international street foods. Cool, right?
Drool-worthy menu items: crawfish, corn and tasso cream sauce over fried cheese ravioli (Old School Eats) and pulled goat Caribbean fries with Monterey Jack cheese (Afrodisiac NOLA)
For traditional Hawaiian eats
Ono’s Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine (Shreveport)
Ono’s chef Sione Maumalanga was born in Hawaii and grew up in Tonga, a Polynesian kingdom made up of more than 170 islands! Today, Sione puts his cooking chops to the work crafting Hawaiian goodness for the lucky people of Shreveport.
Drool-worthy menu item: surf and turf (pork katsu and shrimp katsu Served with garlic-lemon aioli)
For the bacon-obsessed
Cochon Cannery (Breaux Bridge)
Denise and Dustie specialize in bacon jam and products infused with bacon jam. Can’t say no to that!
Drool-worthy menu item: bacon jam grilled cheese
For ethically and locally sourced goodness
The Velvet Pig (Lake Charles)
Serving seasonal dishes out of the cutest little food truck you ever did see, The Velvet Pig always has vegan and gluten-free options on deck.
Drool-worthy menu item:jackfruit pulled pork
The Louisiana Street Food Festival is produced by My House Social in partnership with Ainsley’s Angels, the Louisiana Marathon, The Red Cake and ThreeSixtyEight. A portion of the fest’s proceeds will benefit Ainsley’s Angels and Louisiana Runs.