Festival to open Thursday with Sneak-A-Peek Night
The Lockport Food Festival, also known as La Fete Du Monde, will take downtown Lockport by storm April 19 – 22nd on Church Street. The family-friendly event brings the best of Cajun food fare, nonstop fun, and several music genres to historical Lockport.
Inclement weather put a damper on the event in previous years; much to the dismay of festival goers, the Town of Lockport, and many of its nonprofits who count on LFF proceeds to further their causes. Luckily, with this past weekend's severe weather behind us, it appears the weather will cooperate and provide for some fun in the sun for this year’s festivities, much to the relief of the historic town and non-profit organizations.
This year LFF will introduce the first annual craft show to the festival that is sure to be a big success with well over a dozen vendors with a variety of arts and crafts for sale.
The food menu includes jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, shrimp boulettes, seafood po-boys and platters, onion mums, grillades, white beans, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, chicken on a stick, cheese sticks, gumbo, fried Oreo cookies and Snicker bars, just to name a few.
Come on out for “Sneak Peek Thursday” on April 19 with rides only a dollar each from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Live auctions take place Friday from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Some of the items on the auction block are wooden swings, wooden rockers, boiling pots, and burners, fishing lines, an ice chest, tools, yard art, plants, and more.
Carnival rides are pay-one-price of $16 beginning Friday from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday noon until 5 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. You can also purchase weekend armbands for $55, which are valid from start to end every day throughout the duration of the festival.
Friday Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous, the Cajun/zydeco band will take the stage from 6 – 9 p.m. followed by classic rock from Supercharger beginning at 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.
The Le Fete Du Monde 5K run is Saturday and starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Registration can still be completed online at www.runsignup.com. Runners can also sign up at Rescue Wayne’s AC, Rogers Parts, Lockport Town Hall or Dr. Bobbie Morris Dentistry.
Preregister by April 18 for $30 to receive a race day t-shirt as late registrants ($35) are not guaranteed a shirt. For more information, contact Steve Rogers at 985-805-3772.
Saturday afternoon will showcase great Swamp Pop music from our straight-from-the-bayou band, Tet Dur, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sheaudown plays from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and variety band, Voodoo Gumbo will close Saturday’s festivities from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Sunday will begin with Holy Savior Church Mass at 10 a.m. under the band tent. The Pot 2 LA variety band will take the stage at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The festival will close with some great country music with a little Swamp Pop and dance tunes from Mule Kick from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Lockport Food Festival benefits Bayou Folklife and Heritage Museum, Lockport’s Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus and the Town of Lockport. The Carnival Club also receives a portion of the proceeds for their assistance with festivities.
Contact the Lockport Town Hall at (985) 532-3117 for more information or visit their Facebook page.
Posted on Tue, April 17, 2018
by Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer