Louisiana Food and Culinary Traditions
Louisiana Boiled Crawfish
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.
Whether you are dining at Antoine's or Commander's Palace in New Orleans, Middendorfs at Pass Manchac, Prejeans in Lafayette, Hot Tails in New Roads, or one of hundreds of other Louisiana restaurants, a great culinary experience is to be enjoyed!
Louisiana Seafood Gumbo
Louisiana has so many famous chefs and culinary gurus, it's difficult to make a list! Well known chefs include Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, Paul Prudhomme, John Folse, Susan Spicer and Ryan Andre, and the list goes on and on!
Sam and Cody Carroll of Louisiana premiered their new Food Network show, “Cajun Aces" on December 2, 2017.
Hot Tails in New Roads was the two chefs’ first restaurant, which is located at 1113 Hospital Road. Scenes in the TV series are filmed at the restaurant, and at the family farm in nearby Batchelor. Sac-a-Lait, located in New Orleans’ historic Warehouse District, was opened in 2015.
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 2018
Food and the culinary arts are being celebrated in festivals and events during 2018 throughout Louisiana, from north to south, east to west.
We celebrate just about every crop harvested and every fish we catch, and eat!
|King Cake Festival
|New Orleans, Louisiana||January 28, 2018|
|Amite Oyster Festival
|Amite, Louisiana||March 16-18, 2018|
|Louisiana Crawfish Festival
Frederick Sigur Civic Center
|Chalmette, Louisiana||March 22-25, 2018|
|Scott Boudin Festival
||Scott, Louisiana||April 6-8, 2018|
|Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
|Ponchatoula, Louisiana||April 13-15, 2018|
|Downtown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive
|Lake Charles, Louisiana||April 13-15, 2018|
|Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
||Winnsboro, Louisiana||April 14, 2018|
|15th Annual Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cookoff
||Slidell, Louisiana||April 21, 2018|
|Lecompte Pie Festival
||Lecompte, Louisiana||April 27-29, 2018|
|Annual Etouffee Festival
||Arnaudville, Louisiana||April, 2018|
|Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
|Breaux Bridge, Louisiana||May 4-6, 2018|
|Cochon de Lait Festival
||Mansura, Louisiana||May 10-13, 2018|
|Rayne Frog Festival
||Rayne, Louisiana||May 10-13, 2018|
|Starks Mayhaw Festival
||Starks, Louisiana||May 17-19, 2018|
|Plaquemines Parish Seafood & Heritage Festival
||Belle Chase, Louisiana||May 18-20, 2018|
|Gonzales, Louisiana||May 25-27, 2018|
||Shreveport, Louisiana||May, 2018|
|Louisiana Corn Festival
||Bunkie, Louisiana||June 7-9, 2018|
|Louisiana Peach Festival
||Ruston, Louisiana||June 22-23, 2018|
|Louisiana Catfish Festival
||Des Allemands, Louisiana||June 22-24, 2018|
|Beauregard Watermelon Festival
||Deridder, Louisiana||June 29-30, 2018|
|Cajun French Music & Food Festival
||Lake Charles, Louisiana||July 20-21, 2018|
|Delcambre Shrimp Festival
||Delcambre, Louisiana||August 15-19, 2018|
|Gueydan Duck Festival
||Gueydan, Louisiana||August 23-26, 2018|
|Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
|Morgan City, Louisiana||August 30 - September 3, 2018|
|Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival
|Natchitoches, Louisiana||September 14-15, 2018|
|Annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
|New Iberia, Louisiana||September 27-30, 2018|
Westbank Bridge Park
|Luling, Louisiana||September 27-30, 2018|
|Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair
||Abbeville, Louisiana||October 11-14, 2018|
|Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
||Zwolle, Louisiana||October 12-13, 2018|
|Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay
||Thibodaux, Louisiana||October 12-14, 2018|
|Bridge City Gumbo Festival
||Bridge City, Louisiana||October 12-14, 2018|
World Championship Gumbo Cook-off
|New Iberia, Louisiana||October 13-14, 2018|
|International Rice Festival
||Crowley, Louisiana||October 18-21, 2018|
St. John Community Center
Thomas F. Daley Park
|LaPlace, Louisiana||October 19-21, 2018|
|French Food Festival
||Larose, Louisiana||October 26-28, 2018|
|Louisiana Seafood Festival
City Park Festival Grounds
|New Orleans, Louisiana||October, 2018|
|Louisiana Pecan Festival
||Colfax, Louisiana||November 2-4, 2018|
|Louisiana Swine Festival
||Basile, Louisiana||November 2-4, 2018|
|Port Barre Cracklin Festival
||Port Barre, Louisiana||November 8-11, 2018|
A Recipe for a Louisiana Favorite: Crawfish EtoufeeIngredients
Louisiana Crawfish Etoufee
- 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
Video on How to Make Crawfish Etoufee
YouTube video from Louisiana Travel
Shrimp boat off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)