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LouisianaCooking Vacations, Foodie Tours, Culinary Getaways

Not long ago, there was a scientific study that ranked Louisiana as the nation’s happiest state. Many reasons likely led to this distinction, but it's pretty sure the incredible Louisiana cuisine played a role. Bite into a beignet and see if a smile doesn't break out. In Louisiana, the people don’t just eat. They dine with gusto. Louisiana foods are a connection to the state's diverse heritage, one that includes French, Spanish, African, and German influences. It is over a meal that Louisianans come together in celebration, whether it’s a Mardi Gras gumbo or simply a Friday night crawfish boil. On a Louisiana culinary vacation, you'll find the quintessential Louisiana flavors, and you’ll also meet the people behind these great dishes.

Choose one of our Pre-Packaged Vacations to Louisiana

New Orleans Culinary Getaway
Located near the heart of the New Orleans near the French Quarter district, you will check into your luxury accommodations. You'll dine in one of New Orlean's most sophisticated restaurants, discover the secrets of Cajun and Creole cuisine and taste your way through the French Quarter in a culinary tour.
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New Orleans, Louisiana

— Louisiana Cooking Schools —

Culinary Institute of New Orleans
New Orleans 504-525-2433
Designed for the gourmet enthusiast, guests will learn about the lifestyles, heritage and foods of Louisiana. Instructors prepare the menu selected before the live audience. Guests will dine on all dishes prepared at class conclusion. Pricing varies depending on the specific dishes, clothing and products included.
Prejean’s Cooking School
Lafayette 337-896-3247
As a student at Prejean's Cooking School, you'll learn how to cook three traditional Cajun dishes: crawfish etouffée, seafood gumbo and Acadian style bread pudding. Our chef provides expert instruction while each student is served each of these wonderful dishes.
Taste and See Personal Chef Services
New Orleans 504-231-7128
Learn how to cook traditional Creole or Cajun dishes in the privacy of your home. Learn some classical cooking techniques. We are also available to provide cooking classes for a group of your friends.
Young Chefs Academy ®
Baton Rouge 225-928-2022
Young Chefs Academy offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient, each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, and laughter to taste.

Taste What's Happening!

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

Zwolle
10/9/2014 - 10/11/2014
Reliving the area's heritage with plenty of delicious hot tamales, entertainment, arts and crafts, dancing, and parades.

World Championship Gumbo Cook-off

New Iberia
10/10/2014 - 10/12/2014
Great music and popular food items, down town shopping deals, museum tours, food booths, and the best gumbo in the world.

Louisiana Seafood Festival

New Orleans
10/10/2014 - 10/12/2014
Live Music, Culinary Demonstrations from Noted Chefs, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Food and Beverages from some of the best vendors in the state.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival

Bridge City
10/10/2014 - 10/12/2014
Bridge City's "world famous" Gumbo, both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for our visitors during the festival.

Bucktown Seafood Festival

Metairie
10/10/2014 - 10/12/2014
Rides, live music, games, crafts, and of course, seafood!

Rice Festival

Crowley
10/16/2014 - 10/19/2014
Events include rice eating, cooking, and grading contests.

St. John Andouille Festival

LaPlace
10/17/2014 - 10/19/2014
Features music, good times and of course great food featuring Andouille, the delectable sausage for which the festival was named.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay

Thibodaux
10/17/2014 - 10/19/2014
A family festival held every third full weekend of October in Chackbay, the "Gumbo Capital of Louisiana".

Old Farmers Day

Loranger
10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014
Reenactment of the methods our forefathers used to live & work - butchering & cooking; draft horses and mules. sugar cane grinding,etc

Louisiana Yambilee Festival

Opelousas
10/22/2014 - 10/26/2014
Celebrating the Sweet Golden Yam (sweet potato).

French Food Festival

Larose
10/23/2014
A celebration of Cajun French heritage featuring food, music, dancing, carnival midway, art show, folk life demos & more!

South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff

Lafayette
10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
Old-fashioned black pot cook-off, great music, an accordion contest, called square dancing, camping & jamming.

Boudin Cookoff

Lafayette
10/25/2014
Sample boudin from the region's top boudin sausage making masters. Enjoy live music, food, cold beverages, and lots of family activities.

Sweet Dough Pie Festival

Grand Coteau
10/25/2014
The event will celebrate the unique culture and history of Grand Coteau with a sweet dough pie contest, guest speakers, arts & crafts, and music.

Mirliton Festival

New Orleans
10/25/2014
Lots of great music, food and local art. The mirliton (chayote) is a member of the squash family that is eaten as a vegetable.

Giant Omelette Celebration

Abbeville
11/1/2014 - 11/2/2014
The cooking of a 5,000 Egg Omelette! Authentic Cajun Food, Art Show, Musical Entertainment, Antique Car Show, Kid's World, and much more!

Port Barre Cracklin Festival

Port Barre
11/6/2014 - 11/9/2014
The Cook-Off is not only a test of cracklin cooking ability, but showmanship as well.

Louisiana Pecan Festival

Colfax
11/7/2014 - 11/9/2014
Featuring locally grown pecans, foods, and history.

Rayne Frog Festival

Rayne
11/15/2014
A celebration of Rayne's heritage as the single largest worldwide shipper of frog legs throughout most of the 20th century.

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

New Orleans
11/23/2014
It's all about the Po-Boy. The best varieties of this historic sandwich from culinary artists citywide come together for your tasting pleasure.
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