I can’t stress this enough – if you plan on attending any Southwest Louisiana festivals, bring your appetite. Chuck Fest is no exception.

In just a week or so, the parking lot on the corner of Ryan and Division streets will transform into an “outdoor food court” of local deliciousness. If you’re like me, you’ll want to taste a little bit of everything.

First stop – Southwest Louisiana food trucks. Load up on fresh tacos by Sloppy Taco and authentic Chinese delicacies prepared by Hi-Licious. Save some room for a hot dog or Frito pie from Weinie Dogs.

sloppy taco line

One thing you will not find at this event is lack of flavor. Tasterite Jamaican will be dishing out jerk chicken; Velvet Pig – egg rolls and chicken pad thai; 121 Artisan Bistro – marinated chicken drummets; and Casa Manana – their signature nachos. Spicy!! 

Velvet Pig Eggrolls made in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Even though fall is “technically” here, the weather is still warm. Keep yourself cool with frozen treats from Kona Ice, TCBY and Pops & Rockets. If you haven’t tried Acadian Coffee Roasters nitro cold brew yet, make that a priority!

And of course the downtown favorites will be open for business, Luna Bar & Grill, Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp, Pujo St. Café, and Blue Dog Café. For a full list of downtown restaurants, click here.

With all these food options, Chuck Fest 2016 will have the most diverse menu of all time!

Chuck Fest 2016 will take place Saturday, Oct. 15 from noon to midnight on the 600 and 700 blocks of Ryan Street. For the latest information on Chuck Fest, visit www.chuckfestla.com or follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChuckFestLA.