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The abundance of fantastic food to be found throughout Louisiana can be a little overwhelming for some visitors, particularly if they haven’t sampled our fabulous indigenous cuisine before. How will you decide where to go and what to eat? To help you manage the choices, we suggest using Louisiana's Culinary Trails as guideposts. The Louisiana Office of Tourism and the makers of TABASCO® hot pepper sauce have laid out seven regional “trails” that traverse byways, prairies, marshlands and waterways that are great sources of some of the finest food you’ll ever enjoy. Discover some of the chefs and restaurants who are keeping the tradition of great food alive and thriving in Louisiana.
Located in Washington Parish, Bogalusa, was founded as a company town in the early 1900s. It was built so fast that its nickname became the Magic City, and once held the distinction of having the largest lumber mill – the Great Southern Lumber Company – in the nation. Since that time, this hamlet on the Pearl River has proudly worn the title of “mill town.” On July 4th, the city hosts its founding (and the nation’s, of course), as well as the Bogalusa Paper Queen Ball. This distinctly southern Louisiana town was the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and New Orleans blues icon Professor Longhair, who wrote and immortalized the song “Tipitina”. To add to Bogalusa’s mystique, the town hosts the springtime Louisiana Western Festival (complete with rodeos), the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival, the Festival in the Park, and its own Mardi Gras parade.