Louisiana Food and Culinary Traditions

Crawfish in Acadiana ... a South Louisiana tradition!

Excellent Cajun cooking abounds in Louisiana, whether your tastes tend to seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, crawfish bisque, crawfish pie, fried crawfish, boudin or maybe even fried alligator!

And don't forget Natchitoches meat pies, grilled oysters, red beans and rice, jambalaya, great peach pies from Ruston, fried catfish, great BBQ, soul food, and so much more.

Good food is found everywhere in Louisiana. Ask any visitor—or resident for that matter—what they like the best about this state, and they will say either "the food and the music" or vice versa.

The two most popular types of cuisine in Louisiana are Creole and Cajun, and telling them apart is difficult for locals and tourists alike because you can often find both variations of the same dish.

A common denominator in our cuisine is often Louisiana seafood. The state has 400 miles—actually thousands of miles if you count bays and inlets—of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, making it one of North America’s most productive shrimp, oyster and crab fisheries.

Louisiana - a Culinary Masterpiece!

A Gumbo of Great Louisiana Chefs - Video from Louisiana Travel

Louisiana chefs Emeril Lagasse, John Folse, John Besh, Leah Chase, Sue Zemanick, Donald Link and Cory Bahr talk about gumbo and Louisiana's culinary culture.

Gulf to Table New Orleans Style - Video from Louisiana Travel

New Orleans chefs and restauranteurs tell the story of Gulf to table cuisine in the Crescent City.

Watch more videos at the Louisiana Office of Tourism - LouisianaTravel.com

List of Food Festivals in Louisiana in 2017

Food and the culinary arts are being celebrated in festivals and events during 2017 throughout Louisiana, from north to south, east to west.

We celebrate just about every crop harvested and every fish we catch, and eat!

Amite Oyster Festival
Downtown Amite, Louisiana
March 17-19, 2017
Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center
Chalmette, Louisiana
March 23-26, 2017
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Memorial Park
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
April 7-9, 2017
Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana
April 7-9, 2017
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Winnsboro, Louisiana
April 8, 2017
Scott Boudin Festival
Scott, Louisiana
April, 2017
32nd Annual Etouffee Festival
Arnaudville, Louisiana
April, 2017
Festival International De Louisiane
Lafayette, Louisiana
April 26-30, 2017
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
May 5-7, 2017
Mudbug Madness
Shreveport, Louisiana
May 25-28, 2017
43rd Annual Cochon De Lait Festival
Mansura, Louisiana
May 11-14, 2017
Jambalaya Festival
May 26-27, 2017
31st Annual Louisiana Corn Festival
Bunkie, Louisiana
June 8-10, 2017
Louisiana Catfish Festival
Des Allemands, Louisiana
June 23-25, 2017
Louisiana Peach Festival
Ruston, Louisiana
June, 2017
Delcambre Shrimp Festival
Delcambre, Louisiana
August, 2017
82nd Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Morgan City, Louisiana
August, 2017
Gueydan Duck Festival
Gueydan, Louisiana
August, 2017
Louisiana Seafood Festival
City Park Festival Grounds
New Orleans, Louisiana
September, 2017
Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
Riverbank State
Downtown Natchitoches
September, 2017
75th Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
New Iberia, Louisiana
September, 2017
Alligator Festival
Westbank Bridge Park
Luling, Louisiana
September, 2017
41st Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Zwolle, Louisiana
October 12-14, 2017

World Championship Gumbo Cook-off
Bouligny Plaza
New Iberia, Louisiana

October, 2017
Festival Acadiens Et Creoles
Lafayette, Louisiana
October 12-15, 2017
Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Bridge City, Louisiana
October, 13-15 2017
Andouille Festival
St. John Community Center
Thomas F. Daley Park
LaPlace, Louisiana
October, 2017
International Rice Festival
Crowley, Louisiana
October, 2017
49th Louisiana Pecan Festival
Colfax, Louisiana
November 3 - 5, 2017

A Recipe for Louisiana Crawfish Etoufee

  • 2 lb. crawfish
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 c. onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c. shallots
  • 1/2 c. celery
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c. green pepper, diced
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1 small can tomato sauce ( 8 oz.)
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Saute vegetables in butter until tender.
  • Add garlic and cook one minute more; do not burn.
  • Add flour and stir until golden brown.
  • Add tomato sauce.
  • Stir in water and crawfish; simmer 10 minutes or until crawfish are tender.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne. 
  • Cook slowly 10-15 minutes more.
  • Serve over cooked rice.
  • Serves 4-6
Louisiana Crawfish Etoufee


Shrimp boat off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico
Shrimp boat off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)