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The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the world's best food festivals.
The Chimes restaurant's large decks overlooking the Bogue Falaya River offer a great spot for happy hour - in Covington Louisiana ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Mikes Seafood and Steakhouse Gumbo in Jennings, Louisiana
Creole Filé Gumbo by Lil' Dizzy's Cafe in New Orleans ©Jeffery David Ehrenreich for Louisiana Kitchen and Culture
Pecan Pie made wtih Louisiana-grown pecans. ©Flickr/MuseintheCity
Crawfish Creola recipe from Creola Cafe in Grand Coteau. ©David Gallent Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Gulf Pig Underground Dinner Club offers contemporary-Southern cuisine. ©Gulf Pig Underground Dinner Club
Oysters Weemo from Waterfront Grill in Monroe. photo: Richard Lupo ©Richard Lupo
King Cake Ice Cream Recipe
Enjoy a Louisiana crafted beverage at the tasting room at Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Try Creole Crab Cakes ©Jay D. Ducote
Fried frog legs is a common dish in Louisiana. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Susan Ford
King Cake from cookbook author Holly Clegg.
Crab Royale from Harlequin Steaks & Seafood ©Harlequin Steaks & Seafood
Oysters Rockefeller Recipe by Galatoire's in New Orleans. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine ©Photo: Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine
The Rayne Frog Festival has live music and food and lots of events celebrating the town's favorite amphibian.
Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs is perfect for beer tasting. It's one of Louisiana's oldest breweries. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Andouille Sausage from LaPlace, LA
Phil's Marina Cafe in Slidell serves up fish tacos fresh from the Gulf and served with a stellar view. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Try a Louisiana brewery like Flying Tiger Brewery in Monroe, LA
Pies at Lea's Lunchroom in Alexandria
Brigtsen's Oysters Bienville. Photo: Saveur Magazine ©Saveur Magazine
Shrimp and Grits recipe by chef Justin Devillier. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel
Bacon Gumbo with Louisiana Oysters recipe from Patois restaurant in New Orleans. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Muffuletta recipe from Nor-Joe's in Metairie. ©David Gallent Louisiana Kitchen and Culture
Roasted Vegetable Bruschetta recipe from the Bourbon House in New Orleans.
Try the Muscovy Duck Wraps at Restaurant Cotton in Monroe.
Enjoy a bowl of Louisiana seafood gumbo.
Creole Stuffed Shrimp from Wine Country Bistro. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine, Joe Noetzel. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine, Joe Noetzel
Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans.
"Muffy" sandwich at Fertitta's in Shreveport.
Enjoy delicious Louisiana cuisine such as gumbo and fried shrimp at the Chimes in Baton Rouge.
Try this sweet Louisiana treat — pralines.
Regulars order the Bluesiana Salad at Charlie G's in Lafayette.
Try this delicious recipe for Hand Peach Pies by chef Corey Bahr ©David Gallent, Louisiana Kitchen and Culture
Strawn's Eat Shop ice box strawberry pies
Shrimp Remoulade from Donald Link's Down South Cookbook. ©Chris Granger for Clarkson Potter New York
Tabasco hot sauce is made and bottled in Avery Island, Louisiana.
Your taste buds will sing at the Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau, Louisiana
Boudin links on the grill.
Visit Landry Vineyards for wine tasting and concerts in Monroe, Louisiana
Morton's Seafood Restaurant on the Tchefuncte River is known for it's delicious Seafood Boat dish. Located in Madisonville, Louisiana. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Enjoy a traditional sazerac cocktail at the Cypress Bar in the Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana
Enjoy this crab dip recipe from chef Chris Montero at Ralph Brennan's restaurants. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
French Onion Soup from Cafe Degas in New Orleans.
Tour Landry Vineyards in Monroe to experience some of Louisiana's wine country.
Pick your own blueberries at farms near Franklinton, Louisiana
Meribo's chef Gavin Jobe is a Food Network Chopped Champion. Head to Covington for his outstanding pizza. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Visit Crying Eagle Brewery in Lake Charles. ©Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Try the many flavors of gumbo like this bowl of chicken and sausage gumbo. ©Jay D. Ducote
Mirlitons are a tasty Louisiana vegetable used in many dishes.
Sip craft brews at Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, Louisiana
Redfish with Sage Brown Butter from Cotton in Monroe, LA. ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine
Catfish with crawfish étouffée
Golden Potato Soup with Crispy Gulf Oysters Recipe. Photo: Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel ©Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, Matthew Noel
Dig into tender and juicy smoked chicken from Smoke BBQ in Covington, Louisiana. ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Shrimp and Grits Pointe Coupee
Muffuletta from Nor-Joe's in Metairie, La. ©David Gallent, Louisiana Kitchen and Culture Magazine