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Chuck Fest: Local Flavors For the Win!

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…

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Big Screens in Lake Charles

Streaming services are all the buzz these days. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime allow people to watch their favorite TV shows and movies from the comfort of their couch, but the content that they provide is weeks, sometimes months old. The best way to see the latest and greatest in entertainment is…

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9 Dangerously DELICIOUS Festival Desserts

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

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7 "Gotta Have It" Festival Foods in Lake Charles

Southwest Louisiana is the Festival Capital of Louisiana with more than 75 annual fairs and festivals. True to our Cajun nature, we love passing a good time, dancing and indulging in delicious foods and drinks. You can generally find fried alligator bites, Cajun jambalaya and gumbo at any of the…

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Sweet as Sugar: Starks Mayhaw Festival, May 14-16

I’ve learned so many new words since moving to Louisiana eight years ago. For example, mayhaw. I recall my first trip to a farmers’ market in Lake Charles. A friendly lady stood behind a table with an impressive display of jams and jellies. I saw some jars labeled “Mayhaw Jelly.” I’d never hear of…

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Louisiana Pirate Festival 2015

By Linda Aksomitis Witness the cannon fire on May 2 as the city militia try to defend the seawall only to be overtaken by Jean Lafitte. Photo by David Aksomitis There’s nothing like a good pirate story—or event—to lure me into driving two thousand miles. And Louisiana Pirate Festival in…

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Fun Filled Family Getaway

Do you and your family have a free long weekend and you’re wondering what to do? Consider a mini-vacation to southwest Louisiana for the perfect family getaway! Whether you and the kids love history, science, art, or the great outdoors, the lake area has something for everyone. If there’s one…

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Arts Scene

Southwest Louisiana has a thriving arts scene, when it comes to culinary arts, traditional art, live theatre, and music. I love sipping coffee from Rex Alexander’s pottery at Stellar Beans. Crave Gourmet Baskets and Gifts has a charming collection of Louisiana folk artist’s Clementine Hunter plates…

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