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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!

Louisiana Chili Cook-Offs

Baton Rouge
3/14/2015 - 3/15/2015
The Louisiana Regional Chili Cook Off and The Louisiana State Chili Cook Off.  Both these events are sanctioned by the International Chili Society.

Iowa Rabbit Festival

3/20/2015 - 3/21/2015
Rabbit Cookoff, Miss Bunny Pageant, Parade, music, carnival, etc.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

3/26/2015 - 3/29/2015
Welcome in the Crawfish Season and Fair and Festival social events. There's fun for everyone beginning with YOU!!!


New Orleans
3/27/2015 - 3/29/2015
Sample over 50 America's hometown eats from around the country

Smokin' BBQ Challenge

3/27/2015 - 3/28/2015
The largest BBQ event in the State of Louisiana.

World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off

About 100 teams compete to see who can cook the best crawfish etouffee (smothered crawfish usually served with rice).

French Quarter Festival

New Orleans
4/9/2015 - 4/12/2015
Sample New Orleans cuisine from nearly 60 food and drink booths.

Ponchatoula's Berry Good Time

4/10/2015 - 4/12/2015
The festival’s food booths feature strawberry dishes: strawberry shortcake, deep-fried strawberries. and cinnamon-flavored ones too.

Cajun Hot Sauce Festival

New Iberia
4/10/2015 - 4/12/2015
Hot Sauce and Jambalaya Cook-Off, Entertainment, and More.

Franklin Parish Catfish Festival

Featuring thousands of pounds of the best pond-raised fried catfish, along with entertainmentn, and craft vendors from across the Gulf South.

Lockport Food Festival

4/17/2015 - 4/19/2015
The best in Cajun & Swamp Pop music, food, dancing & carnival midway.

Crawfish Cook-Off

55+ teams boil crawfish for the title of "Best Tasting Crawfish". 35,000 pounds of crawfish boiled, 4 bands play.

Arnaudville Etouffee Festival

4/24/2015 - 4/26/2015
Hot Etouffee:  Crawfish, Shrimp, Potatoes, Cabbage / Bar B-Que / Munchies and Sweets / Bingo / Mayor’s Cook-off / Carnival Rides / Car and Truck Show

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Breaux Bridge
5/1/2015 - 5/3/2015
Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest, Cajun Cooking Demo, Cajun Dancing Contest, Crawfish Etouffee Cookoff, music, entertainment, arts & crafts.

Rayne Frog Festival

5/6/2015 - 5/9/2015
A celebration of Rayne's heritage as the single largest worldwide shipper of frog legs throughout most of the 20th century.

Cochon de Lait Festival

5/7/2015 - 5/10/2015
The festival mixes great cajun food, good times and music with cochon de lait (French for roast suckling pig).

Annual Crawfish Boil

Oak Mountain State Park
This event will be held at the White Oak Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

New Orleans
5/20/2015 - 5/23/2015
We invite you to raise a glass and be a part of the festivities as we make New Orleans a better place to live, work and play.

Annual Mudbug Madness

5/21/2015 - 5/24/2015
Crawfish Boil, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth-watering Cajun cuisine, raucous contests, and fun for all ages.

Jambalaya Festival

5/21/2015 - 5/24/2015
The festival features World Champion Jambalaya served daily, live music and entertainment, carnival rides, cooking contests, a variety of food
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