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Lockport Food Festival has new venue, but same fun

Lockport Food Festival has new venue, but same fun

The Lockport Food Festival, also known as La Fete Du Monde, will be held at a new venue, at least for this year, at the Lafourche Parish Pavilion and Visitor’s Center, 4484 La. 1 in Raceland.

The family-friendly event brings the best of Cajun food fare, nonstop fun, and several music genres this weekend, April 26-28.

Wayne Bourgeois Jr., director of the Festival and president of the Lockport Fire Department, said that the plan is to move the festival back to Lockport as soon as a new venue is completed, a new recreation facility that’s currently under construction in Lockport Heights.

“Over the past couple of years attendance has been dropping,” Bourgeois said. “We’ve had lots of rain and lots of issues with that. Parking has become an issue. It blocks off people’s houses.”

Despite the venue change, the festival is still all about Lockport, co-sponsored by the Lockport Volunteer Fire Department, Lockport Rotary Club, Lockport Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council 3054, Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum and the Town of Lockport. It is a major fundraiser for all of them.

“All of these organizations take the monies that they make and bring it back into Lockport in one facet or another,” Bourgeois said.

Carnival rides, auctions, raffles games, arts and crafts booths, and other activities will take place, but it is still all about great food and music.

The usual favorites will be available -- hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, crawfish etouffee, chicken and sausage gumbo and white beans, among many others.

This year’s musical lineup includes Sheauxdown, Category 6, Tet Dur, the Travis Thibodaux Band, the Chase Tyler Band, Nonc Nu and Da Wild Matous and Pepper Jelly.

There will also be a 5K race starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. Registration is $30, or $35 on race day, and begins at 7:30 a.m. at the St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church. Register at

Admission to the festival is free, and one $55 fee allows unlimited entry to all the rides all weekend.

Contact the Lockport Town Hall at (985) 532-3117 for more information or visit their Facebook page.