What the West Baton Rouge Museum began in 1995 as an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of sugar-making in Louisiana has now become a tradition known as SugarFest.
This year’s festival is set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday on the museum grounds, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. Admission is free.
The festival, in its 19th year, was named a Southeast Tourism Society Top Twenty Event two years in a row.
The event will feature food, entertainment, folk artists demonstrating 19th-century craft making and live music by Louisiana musicians performing Dixieland jazz, spirituals, folk music, Cajun/zydeco and the blues.
The museum’s permanent exhibits illustrating sugar plantation life also will be open for self-guided tours.
See bousillage making, praline candy making, mule driven cane grinding, cane syrup boiling, blacksmithing, filé making, rope making, accordion making, spinning and weaving, woodcarving and tintype photography. Visit the circa 1830 Aillet House, three 19th century cabins from Allendale Plantation, the historic Arbroth Plantation Mercantile Store, a 22-foot working model of a sugar mill, and the newly constructed Mule Barn.
Walk the grounds to pet farm animals or take a ride in an old-fashioned hay wagon. Chew on a stalk of sugar cane and participate in an old fashioned cake walk.
Local restaurants and businesses will provide food available for purchase. Menu items include jambalaya, barbecue, lemonade, snow cones and cracklins.
The West Baton Rouge Historical Association also will sell dinners. Advance dinner tickets can be purchased by calling (225) 336-2422, ext. 10. Cookies, cakes, pies and candies will be for sale, and there will be a sweets contest with celebrity judges.
For more information, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15 or visit westbatonrougemuseum.com.