Louisiana Food and Culinary Traditions
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.
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
|March 23-26, 2017|
|Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
|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
|April 8, 2017|
|Scott Boudin Festival
|32nd Annual Etouffee Festival
|Festival International De Louisiane
|April 26-30, 2017|
|Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
|May 5-7, 2017|
|May 25-28, 2017|
|43rd Annual Cochon De Lait Festival
|May 11-14, 2017|
|May 26-27, 2017|
|31st Annual Louisiana Corn Festival
|June 8-10, 2017|
|Louisiana Catfish Festival
Des Allemands, Louisiana
|June 23-25, 2017|
|Louisiana Peach Festival
|Delcambre Shrimp Festival
|82nd Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Morgan City, Louisiana
|Gueydan Duck Festival
|Louisiana Seafood Festival
City Park Festival Grounds
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
|75th Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
New Iberia, Louisiana
Westbank Bridge Park
|41st Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
|October 12-14, 2017|
World Championship Gumbo Cook-off
|Festival Acadiens Et Creoles
|October 12-15, 2017|
|Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Bridge City, Louisiana
|October, 13-15 2017|
St. John Community Center
Thomas F. Daley Park
|International Rice Festival
|49th Louisiana Pecan Festival
|November 3 - 5, 2017|
A Recipe for Louisiana Crawfish EtoufeeIngredients
- 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
- 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
Shrimp boat off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)