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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.

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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 Watermelon Festival

7/24/2015 - 7/25/2015
The Watermelon Festival is celebrated each year as a way of promoting the watermelon industry and showing pride in their harvest.

Great American Seafood Cook-Off

New Orleans
The event emphasizes the importance of cooking with domestic seafood and encourages the use of products from sustainable fisheries.

Delcambre Shrimp Festival

8/12/2015 - 8/15/2015
Celebrate the beloved crustacean. Feast upon shrimp served up every way you can imagine and see who wins the shrimp cook-off.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival

Morgan City
9/3/2015 - 9/7/2015
Celebrate the industries of Morgan City, featuring down-home Cajun cooking, arts and crafts, live music, parades and a Blessing of the Fleet.

Cajun Food Fest

9/11/2015 - 9/12/2015
Cajun food cook-off, food booths, music, arts & crafts, hot air balloon rides, train & pony rides, rock climbing wall, & fun for the whole family.

Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival

9/18/2015 - 9/19/2015
The festival will take place at the downtown riverbank along the fabled Cane River Lake.

Annual Kiwanis Pepper Festival

St. Martinville
9/18/2015 - 9/19/2015
Food, music, arts & crafts, pepper eating contest, and booths selling pepper plants, pepper cookbooks and locally made hot sauces.

Alligator Festival

9/25/2015 - 9/27/2015
Southern LA's best food! Alligator Burgers, Alligator Sausage Po-Boys, Fried Alligator, Alligator Wrap Pie, Chicken/Andouille Gumbo, and more!

Louisiana Cajun Food Festival

Kaplan is sometimes referred to as "The Most Cajun Place on Earth". The festival includes cook-offs and live music.

Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

10/8/2015 - 10/10/2015
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
10/9/2015 - 10/11/2015
Great music and popular food items, down town shopping deals, museum tours, food booths, and the best gumbo in the world.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival

Bridge City
10/9/2015 - 10/11/2015
Bridge City's "world famous" Gumbo, both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for our visitors during the festival.

Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay

10/9/2015 - 10/11/2015
A family festival held every third full weekend of October in Chackbay, the "Gumbo Capital of Louisiana".

Rice Festival

10/15/2015 - 10/18/2015
Events include rice eating, cooking, and grading contests.

St. John Andouille Festival

10/16/2015 - 10/18/2015
Features music, good times and of course great food featuring Andouille, the delectable sausage for which the festival was named.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

New Orleans
10/16/2015 - 10/18/2015
Features two stages, as well as crafts, and of course, food, including New Orleans' best BBQ!

Old Farmers Day

10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015
Reenactment of the methods our forefathers used to live & work - butchering & cooking; draft horses and mules. sugar cane grinding,etc

Louisiana Yambilee Festival

10/21/2015 - 10/25/2015
Celebrating the Sweet Golden Yam (sweet potato).

South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff

10/23/2015 - 10/24/2015
Old-fashioned black pot cook-off, great music, an accordion contest, called square dancing, camping & jamming.

Louisiana Catfish Festival

Des Allemands
10/23/2015 - 10/25/2015
Sample from a wide variety of catfish dishes: including catfish platters, catfish boats, catfish po-boys and catfish sauce piquante.
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