Forget swimsuit season – its Spring festival season in Southwest Louisiana and I’ve got a sweet tooth, y’all!

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cakes at the Dequincy Railroad Days Festival

A 100% MUST at any fair or festival. It’s more than just fried dough, y’all. It’s a part of festival living. Part of the fun is trying not to get the sugar all over your face. Little Hint: You’ll have sugar all over your face.

Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon at Contraband Days - Louisiana Pirate Festival in Lake Charles, La.

Let’s just think about this for a second. Mmmm. Now let’s add it to on top of the funnel cake! This sweet and savory treat is featured at Contraband Days – Louisiana Pirate Festival.

Mayhaw Jelly

These sweet, red berries make an excellent jelly. Taste all you want at the Starks Mayhaw Festival!

I have an intense love for mayhaw jelly because my dad makes it every year! Lucky for me, the town of Starks celebrates this little berry with a festival. Fall in love with this sugar sweet jelly at the Starks Mayhaw Festival.


Beignets: Louisiana

It’s Louisiana’s ultimate icon of Southern fried dough. All hail the beignet.


Pralines of all shapes and sizes can be found at Southwest Louisiana festivals.

Who would have thought a little brown sugar, evaporated milk, butter and pecan halves could make something so heavenly. *Drools*

Fried Treats (oreos, twinkies, snickers, etc.)

If it can be fried, it will be fried.

 What a brilliant idea! We all know frying something makes it a million times tasty AND cancels all the bad calories. (wink wink) 

SnoCones / SnoBalls

Sno Cone/Sno Ball

You know you are in Louisiana when you have to wait until April/May to see snow. I wouldn’t have it any other way! (Find local snoball stands, here)


Popsicles: Homemade and FULL of flavor. Delish.

We’ve got something special in Lake Charles. They are frozen, creatively flavor and full of 80s flare: Pops and Rockets popsicles are one of a kind and super delish. You’ll find the pop mobile at Downtown at Sundown.


Frosty Factory - Daiquiris

Sticking with the frozen theme, every good festival should end with a strawberry daiquiri. Even if that means visiting one of the drive-thru daiquiri shops!

For a full list of upcoming festivals visit, or download our Events App, here.