LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The marriage of good food and music was alive Saturday afternoon in Southwest Louisiana at the 2nd annual Taste of Louisiana Festival.
Festival goers came out to the Lake Charles Civic Center to taste and hear the best Southwest Louisiana has to offer. More than 8,000 people were expected to sample Louisiana specialties like boiled crawfish, shrimp Creole, fried shrimp, and barbeque.
For out-of-towners it was a dream come true.
"We are visiting from New York and Maryland. We came down and heard about the zydeco and heard about the food. We had to come so we drove an extra three hours to get here. It's great. It's everything we expected and wanted. I love the music. I like the gumbo and Creole sausage," said Lewis Vaughn.
"I was raised here but live in Arkansas now. I crave boiled crawfish. As you can imagine it's hard to find so when I got here, I was having crawfish within 15 minutes. With the music and crawfish it really feels good to be home," said Connie Hinton.
The good food, music and fun continued through ten o'clock Saturday night.