43rd Annual Andouille Festival

Laplace, LA (September 1, 2016) - The 43rd Annual St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival will be held Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Thomas F Daley Memorial Park. The festival is an exhiliarating celebration of savory foods that feature andouille, performing arts, outdoor entertainment, crafts, and activities for the entire family. A Jazz Brunch and Run/Walk wi ll also take place on the Sunday morning of the festival.

Andouille sausage is a common ingredient for many Louisiana dishes including Gumbo and Jambayla. With roots in both the German and French population of St. John the Baptist Parish, the Andouille was chosen as the ideal representation of local heritage. The festival began in 1972 as a fundraiser for the Laplace Volunteer Fire Department and has now evolved into a parish sponsored event. Proceeds support non-profit organizations and local busineses.

Popular musical acts will delight festival goers throughout the Andouille Fest weekend. Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Bag of Donuts, and Dwayne Dopsie are just a few of the big name acts set to take the stage. Gospel music fans can visit the Gospel tent on Sunday to hear many church favorites.

This year's festival will also include the annual  Andouille Cook-off where as many as 10 teams compete for prizes. This year's event will be hosted be celebrity chef, Chef Jeff.

The complete music schedule, food vendors and all information “Andouille” can be found on the Andouille Festival Website at www.andouillefestival.com.

About River Parishes Tourist Commission

Nestled between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River, the River Parishes of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes unfold along River Road beckoning visitors to fall in love with the charm, beauty and mystique of Southeast Louisiana. The area’s rich and vibrant history offers a mixture of culture, cuisine and attractions not easily matched by any one location throughout Louisiana. For more information about the River Parishes Tourist Commission call 985-359-2562 or visit NewOrleansPlantationCountry.com.