Bridge City, Louisiana — In 1973 the Louisiana Governor issued a proclamation naming Bridge City, “The Gumbo Capital of the World”.

The 2018 GUMBO FESTIVAL festivities begin on Friday, October 12th, and continue on Saturday the 13th and end Sunday the 14th.

Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River directly across the Huey P. Long Bridge from New Orleans, the GUMBO FESTIVAL is held at Gumbo Festival Park on Angel Square, 1701 Bridge City Avenue. Festival grounds open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening, 12:00 Noon on Saturday and 10:00 AM on Sunday. Closing time is approximately 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 9:00pm on Sunday.

Bridge City’s “world famous” Gumbo is cooked daily at the festival grounds and over 2,000 gallons of both seafood and chicken/sausage gumbo will be prepared for our visitors during the festival.

A variety of other native Louisiana cooking such as jambalaya, New Orleans style red beans and rice with sausage as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, fried seafood , homemade cakes and candies, funnel cakes and many other delicious surprises will also be available.

Because Cajun folk traditions are rooted in an appreciation for food, our Cajun cooks challenge champions in the Gumbo Cooking Contest, and invite everyone to enter.

Continuous live entertainment and a fais-do-do (dance) area provide a focal point for the festival’s outdoor activities. Appearances by local and visiting bands of Cajun, Country, Zydeco, Jazz, Blues and Rock music highlight the GUMBO FESTIVAL’S attractions. Parking is free to the public.  Admission to the fairgrounds is $3.

Miss Creole Gumbo  and King Creole Gumbo  will also be on hand to greet and welcome visitors.

The  Gumbo Festival will be open to arts and crafts vendors to rent booths in early Spring.

Visit our website at:  to obtain rental forms.

Inquiries regarding booth rentals or festival general questions may be directed to Mrs. Elaine Boatwright at (504) 436-4881.

Inquiries regarding the Program Book contact Nedra Cassard at (504) 436-4945

Miss Creole Gumbo may be directed to Kayla Lafort (504) 494-9450.

Inquiries regarding entertainment may be directed to Mrs. Lynda LeCompte (504) 289-2736.

Inquiries regarding Sponsorship may be directed to Damian LeCompte (504) 252-2023

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