Shameless plug: the 30th annual French Food Festival is in Larose this weekend (Oct 24-25-26). It's an old-fashioned LA festival that supports a nonprofit community center, with at least 15 different foods to sample, a carnival midway, a folklife tent, and the usual ancillary festival stuff. This festival is different in an important way: no space is rented to restaurants or caterers--all the food is prepared by community members. It all takes place under a circus tent on a paved parking lot, regardless of weather.
Foods include seafood gumbo, oyster poboys, fried fish, a boucherie (gratons/cracklings, pork stew, boudin, grillades), alligator sauce piquante, crawfish etoufee, homemade sweets (including tarte a la bouillie, pecan pie, pralines), meat pies, fried shrimp and oyster poboys, onion mums, jambalaya, red beans & rice, and the typical complement of nuggets/hotdogs/hamburgers.
This year's folklife presentations include breadmaking, blacksmithing, saddlemaking, jambalaya cooking, traditional carpentry, crab fishing & lore, and more. Website with directions, map, details is linked below.