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On the Radar: Louisiana October Food Festivals and Fun

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It’s that time of year again. The air gets a little cooler, mosquitoes go back into hiding and the food festivals come out to play. But wait, aren’t Louisiana food festivals found all year long? Sure. But there’s just something special about October.

The month packs in an impressive festival lineup over the course of four short weeks, and is a great time to pay the region a visit. So if you’re cruising through the Bayou State this month, consider checking out one of the following:

Oktoberfest — New Orleans (Oct. 6-21)

In the mood for some tasty German cuisine, good music and drinks? New Orleans’ Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest is open for business every Friday and Saturday in October from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Tamale Fiesta — Zwolle, LA (Oct. 12-14)

The city of Zwolle’s Tamale Festival is an annual celebration that is over 40 years old. The event takes place midway through October and celebrates the area’s rich Spanish and Indian roots with cultural entertainment, arts, parades and, of course, hot tamales!

Andouille Festival — LaPlace, LA (Oct. 13-15)

Hot sausage on your mind? Head on over to LaPlace for a fix. The annual Andouille Festival, named for the famous spicy sausage, features a lineup of family fun including a gumbo cook-off, jazz music and a sausage eating contest. Ça c’est bon!

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival — New Orleans, LA  (Oct. 13-15)

If you’ve got a case of the “blues” and a craving for barbecue, make a pitstop at New Orleans’ Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. The free annual event offers live music and delicious Deep South barbecue all in scenic Lafayette Square.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival — Chackbay, LA  (Oct. 13-15)

If you didn’t eat gumbo in Louisiana, did you visit Louisiana at all? For those who are dying for bowl, definitely add Chackbay’s Gumbo Festival to your hit list. The event is free of charge and held annually in the “Gumbo Capital” of Louisiana, so bring your appetite!

International Rice Festival — Crowley, LA (Oct. 19-22)

When it comes to Louisiana food festivals, Crowley’s Rice Festival is the oldest tradition on record. The annual celebration is typically held the third weekend of October and features a wide variety of family friendly activities including a 5K marathon, rice dish cooking and eating contests, live music, and pageant.

Rougarou Fest — Houma, LA (Oct. 21-22)

Looking for a bit of spooky Louisiana fun? Check out Houma’s annual Rougarou festival, held during the third weekend of October. The Louisiana folklore celebration centers around the infamous swamp werewolf and helps raise money for the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.

Blackpot Festival — Lafayette, LA (Oct. 27-28)

Every October, Lafayette’s Acadian Village packs up for the city’s annual Blackpot Festival. From gumbo cook-offs to overnight camping, dancing and more, the cooking and heritage event truly delivers the full Cajun experience.

Louisiana Seafood Festival — New Orleans, LA (Oct. 27-29)

What better way to wrap up your month than with a trip to New Orleans’ Seafood Festival? Held annually in City Park, the event offers visitors a wide variety of local seafood dishes along with cooking demonstrations, live music and crafts.

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