Louisiana, and Baton Rouge especially, is unbeatable when it comes to our Cajun and creole cuisine. You’ll experience flavors like never before down here, and one way to get a taste of Baton Rouge is through our many food festivals.
Jambalaya, crawfish pie, and filet gumbo is just the start of the authentic southern cuisine you’ll find in Baton Rouge. To get a feel and sample of local dishes like these, plan your trip to include a Baton Rouge food festival.
Award-winning Chefs from some of Baton Rouge’s best restaurants participate in these food festivals and showcase the best of our city’s culinary scene. Food festivals such as Red Stick Food Fest in the spring and the fall’s Fete Rouge, Baton Rouge’s premiere food and wine festival, allow attendees to get a true bite of Baton Rouge local fare.
Those looking to get a taste of true, down-home cooking and local flavors will enjoy the Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival. It is held annually on the weekend after Mother’s Day and features fabulous southern cuisine from vendors specializing in those meals that will stick to your bones, have you licking your fingers, and keep you satisfied for a long time.
The nearby town of Gonzales is known as the Jambalaya Capitol of the World and hosts the Jambalaya Festival every year. Its main event is the jambalaya cooking contest where festival attendees walk around and sample jambalaya from all chefs competing to be named Jambalaya Champion. This traditional dish is a must-try for visitors to Baton Rouge.
Street food is also becoming more popular than ever in Baton Rouge, and you can find many local food trucks curbside throughout the city. The inaugural Street Food Fest was a huge success and the event is expected to grow every year.
As more Baton Rouge breweries and distilleries are formed, the city is proud to highlight the boozy creations made right here locally. Cap City Beer fest is one of these where you can sample local brews and gourmet food, and the Zapp’s International Beer Festival offers taste of more than 200 foreign and domestic beers, ales and homebrews.
Those with particular tastes won’t be lost in baton rouge’s food festival scene either, as in this city it feels like there’s a festival for everyone. If your favorite food is wings, mac-and-cheese, chili or burger, you’re in luck! Baton Rouge also has a specific food festival for that!
Browse our many food festivals and beer festivals below and even if you can’t make it in town for one of these, there are culinary events for foodies all year-long in Baton Rouge. More of a music or arts lover? We have festivals for that too!