Rated one of the top five festivals in Lake Charles by Town Square Media Listener, this event is a living example of classic Louisiana traditions, food and music blended in a cultural melting pot. With locals and visitors alike attending this official Louisiana Bicentennial celebration event, it’s the perfect chance to have Family fun.
If you get hungry while soaking up the atmosphere, this is the perfect opportunity to experience some amazing Louisiana food.
Imagine all the Louisiana cuisine you can think of in one place at one time. The Taste of Louisiana Festival features dishes from every Louisiana parish. The classic dishes of the state such as crawfish, boudin, gumbo, etouffee and more will be just some of the recipes you can try.
In fact, since the festival falls on Memorial Day weekend, it’s the perfect chance to kick off summer barbecue season. Do you have the best barbecue in Louisiana? Showcase your grilling skills at the event. See the cook-off section on the website for details.
Enjoy the sounds of non-stop music from Louisiana’s Cajun, zydeco, jazz and brass bands. Also, there’s plenty of space for you to dance the day and night away.
This year’s performers include Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, Cajun Radio artist of the year Horace Trahan and The Ossun Express, Damon Troy and the Final Five, Brandon Ledet and the Creole Touch, New Orleans "Gogo Funk" Brass Band, the Brass-a-holics and more.
If you get tired of eating and dancing, take time to learn a lesson on Louisiana's history. Highlights of Louisiana's unique cultural differences, influences and contributions can be seen through exhibits donated by various organizations.
Admission is $10 per adult and $3 per child 3 and over. Parking is free at the Civic Center.
The Taste of Louisiana Festival is held on the grounds of the Lake Charles Civic Center and spills over onto the seawall boardwalk, which is located in the heart of downtown Lake Charles. For more information visit www.thetasteoflouisiana.com.