The Louisiana Food & Wine Festival will occur here in the Lake City on September 14 – 17, 2023! Save the date. You don't want to miss it. This all-inclusive drink and food-tasting event will dazzle your tummy and taste buds.

Buy your tickets now to enjoy this extraordinary culinary experience featuring delicious cuisine from over 40 restaurants and hundreds of wines, various spirits, and beer. Below is a look at the Schedule of Events:


“Louisiana’s Celebrity Chef Wine Dinner”

LOCATION: SOWELA Culinary, Gaming, and Hospitality Center (3841 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave)

TIME: Reception - 6:00 pm, Dinner - 7:00 pm 


John Currence - City Grocery Restaurant Group, Oxford, MS

Edgar “Dook” Chase - Chapter IV, New Orleans, LA

Meg Bickford - Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA

Ryan Hacker - Brennan’s New Orleans, LA

Amanda Cusey - The Terrace, Lake Charles, LA.

Presented by Explore LouisianaLouisiana SeafoodSOWELA, and Taste of the South magazine



 “Louisiana Inspired Master Classes” (4 CLASSES AND 2 LOCATIONS)

LOCATION: Culinary, Gaming, and Hospitality Center 


  • “Mastering Creole Cooking” - Chef Edgar “Dook” Chase - 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • “Official Wine Partner Tasting Class” - TBA - 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • “Mijenta Tequila and Cajun Favorites” - Oscar Valle, Mijenta Tequila Brand Ambassador. Pairings with local Cajun Boudin and Cracklin’s - 1:30 – 2:30 pm

LOCATION: Bayou Rum Distillery(20909 S. Frontage Rd) - Lacassine, LA


Single Class - $65 per class or Discounted Master Class Pass for all (4 ) classes - $199 per person. Each class is limited to 60 people and led by celebrity guest chefs and beverage experts offering culinary learning opportunities, with food and drink tastings in intimate settings.

“Fire on the Lake”

LOCATION: Bord du Lac Park - 1111 Bord du Lac Drive

TIME: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

TICKET: $99 per person

AGE: 21 and up

ATTIRE: Casual

  • Let's faire la fête! Enjoy a live-fire cooking extravaganza with Louisiana seafood, various meats, and more. This event will feature the South’s best Pitmasters, celebrity guest chefs, local chefs, and grill masters. All-inclusive tastings include food, wine, beer, and spirits with a souvenir glass. Live with Zydeco from Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express.


David Rose, TV Personality, Chef & Author, Atlanta, GA

Amanda Cusey with The Terrace in Lake Charles, LA

Dustin Frederick and David Phillips with Calla in Lake Charles, LA.

Jason Gonzales of Gonzo's Smokehouse & BBQ

Josh Guerra and Renda Ruiz with The James 710

Larry Mannheimer with 121 Artisan Bistro

Sullivan Zant with Vestal

Kristen Preau CEO & Owner, Jambalaya Girl Food Products


“Louisiana Food & Wine Festival - Grand Tasting”

LOCATION: Bord du Lac Park

TIME: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TICKETS: $139 per person

AGE: 21 and up

ATTIRE: Casual

Enjoy a full afternoon of all-inclusive culinary and beverage tastings, complete with a silent auction and live music from the Flamethrowers. Tickets include a souvenir glass for unlimited beverage tastings from hundreds of wines, spirits, and beer exhibitors. Stop by the Rouses Markets Cooking Demo Stage to see Houstons James Beard Award Winning Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter, “Chef G” (Street to Kitchen Houston, TX) in action!


“Sunday Jazz Brunch” 

HOSTED BY:  Coffee: 30 Gourmet Coffee & Beignets

LOCATION: Southlake Theater - 4720 Nelson Rd. Suite 110 - Lake Charles, LA


TIME: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm seating; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm seating

TICKETS: $99 per Adult / $35 for Kids (6-12) / Free (6 and under)

AGE: Family-Friendly

ATTIRE: Business casual

Don't miss the festival finale all-inclusive brunch with lavish carving stations, unlimited beverage tastings, and souvenir glasses. Enjoy Coffee:30 signature coffee drinks and more amazing food from the Beignet station, made-to-order omelet stations, various desserts, salad bars, Louisiana Seafood stations, and more. The festival’s official beverage partners will participate with an outstanding Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosas, sparkling wines, spirits, wine, beer, and more.

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana is the festival’s Official Charity Partner, and they will receive a portion of ticket proceeds and 100% of the silent auction proceeds. The festival will also donate a part of its proceeds to SOWELA for culinary student scholarships. The Horseshoe Lake Charles is the festival’s official accommodations and casino partner. Stay and play at the gorgeous casino and hotel conveniently located near the downtown events.

Check out the Louisiana Food & Wine Festival website for more info and ticket details. Follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram.

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