9 Don’t Miss Louisiana Seafood Events
The state known as Sportsman’s Paradise has a boatload of festive options to choose from.
Mark your calendars to save the date for these nine mouth-watering events that spotlight Louisiana seafood.
March 18-20, 2016
The history of oyster production in the Northshore town of Amite goes back at least a couple generations. In 1949, an oyster house began selling them to local bars and restaurants, and within just a few years, Amite oysters could be found as far afield as Oregon. This festival honors that history with carnival rides, an oyster scavenger hunt, pageants, an oyster eating contest and a rodeo.
March 31-April 3, 2016
The sheer number of ways crawfish is prepared at this Chalmette event is enough to whet any culinary adventurer’s appetite. The delicacy commonly called “mudbugs” are served in pies, pizzas, po’boys, quesadillas, tater tots, eggrolls, pasta, pies and in more than a dozen other ways. The festival, which takes place just 10 minutes’ drive from New Orleans, is also where you’ll find carnival rides, children’s activities and a huge stage featuring musical acts from throughout the region.
May 6-8, 2016
Pull apart a few crawfish at this annual Breaux Bridge fest and get dancing to some live zydeco music, and you can truly say you’ve partied in Cajun Country. Boiled, fried, in étouffée or pie—no matter how you like your crawfish, you can get it here. Hear some Cajun music, watch the ever-popular crawfish races and stick around for the crowning of the Crawfish Queen.
May 26-29, 2016
This northwest Louisiana celebration of crawfish and cuisine take place each Memorial Day weekend in Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. This family-friendly fest features both children’s and youth crawfish-eating contest in their Kids on the Bayou area. Along with crawfish prepared any way you like it, enjoy live music on three stages and a celebrity crawfish-eating contest.
May 28, 2016
In a state renowned for its food and fishing, you’d better believe that Louisiana has its fill of expert seafood chefs. Some of the best put their skills on display at this New Orleans event, in which the winner (dubbed the King of Louisiana Seafood) is given the chance to compete on the national level at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Buy your tickets to see Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor crown the king, and to take part in the Grand Tasting event.
June 4-5, 2016
The free annual New Orleans event known simply as “Oyster Fest” spotlights Louisiana-grown oysters and the men and women who bring them to our dinner table. You’ll find oysters served here by more than a dozen local restaurants, raw, fried, chargrilled and in a variety of creative new ways. Bonus: Every year, Oyster Fest organizers donate a portion of its proceeds to worthy industry-related causes. In 2015, those were ORA Estuaries (an organization working to preserve Louisiana’s oyster beds) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
June 17-19, 2016
Out in Plantation Country you’ll find the town of Des Allemands, a city synonymous with catfish. In fact, in 1980 the Louisiana legislature proclaimed Des Allemands the Catfish Capital of the Universe (take that, Mars and Jupiter!). At this small-town festival you’ll find plenty of fresh fried catfish, musical acts and children’s activities, served up with heaping portions of local charm.
August 17-21, 2016
The host city of Delcambre is one of Cajun Country’s thriving fishing communities. The Shrimp Festival is its biggest annual event, and features shrimp cooked and prepared every which way, plus a shrimp cook-off, a pageant (where you can see the Shrimp Queen crowned) and carnival rides for the kids.
September 1-5, 2016
Two of Louisiana’s biggest industries are celebrated at this event, whose origins date back over 70 years. The fest honors the fishermen and oil rig workers of Morgan City and Berwick Bay, with Cajun seafood galore (heavy on the shrimp dishes), live music and the tradition known as the Blessing of the Fleet.
September 2-4, 2016
Get down to New Orleans City Park for a weekend featuring some of the city’s best and best-known seafood vendors. Rows of tents are set up in the grass, under which cooks from such restaurants as Acme Oyster House and Jacques-Imo’s serve up some of the dishes that made them famous. Try creative fare such as Cajun curry crawfish pies, courtesy of Mr. Mudbug Catering, and the charbroiled oysters from Drago’s, a longtime Crescent City favorite.