Want to try bites of food from across the state in one location?
The new event, held in conjunction with this weekend's Louisiana Marathon in downtown Baton Rouge, starts at 11 a.m. Saturday on River Road near the USS Kidd. The free, all ages festival includes more than 20 street food vendors as well as music from Lost Bayou Ramblers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Food prices range from $6 to $11. A portion of the proceeds from food sales will be donated to the special needs nonprofit organization Ainsley's Angels.
At the Louisiana Street Food Festival, you can try some burgers from Metairie, New Orleans-style coffee, Cajun/Asian fusion from Baton Rouge favorites chef Ryan André and The Cajun Spoon, barbecue from Lake Charles, and even some traditional Hawaiian dishes from Shreveport.
"(My House Social) has been connecting independent chefs and food vendors to the public events world," My House Social CEO and founder Barrie Schwartz said. "I thought Baton Rouge would be a great city, where we could bring people from all over the state and create a community of street food vendors."
Schwartz started My House Social six years ago in New Orleans. To date, the company has connected chefs to sell their food at events like Whitney White Linen Night and neighborhood food truck rallies.
About six months ago, My House Social expanded into Baton Rouge, bringing that knack for connecting events and venues with great food. Already, Schwartz's company has been key in food truck roundups at Tin Roof Brewing Co. and Knock Knock Children's Museum.
The Louisiana Street Food Festival will be like those roundups but on a bigger scale. And this won't be a one-time event, either.
"Hopefully, this festival will happen every year," Schwartz said. "We want this to keep growing and be a staple food event that's known across the state with its home in Baton Rouge.
Who's serving what?
Here is a quick look at the chefs and vendors at the inaugural Louisiana Street Food Festival.
Afrodisiac NOLA: Jamaican and New Orleans fusion
Burgers Ya Heard!: Burgers from Metairie
Champion Chicken: Traditional Spanish dishes from Kenner
Chef Bennett: Pork belly kabobs and more from this Carencro chef
Chef Johnson: Andouille dogs and more cheesy goodness from New Orleans
Cochon Cannery: Bacon, bacon and more bacon from Breaux Bridge
Cocoa & Cream: American, Cajun and other dishes from New Orleans
Crepes a la Cart: All types of crepes from New Orleans
Fete au Fete Streatery: Get a preview of what chef Micah Martello can do. He'll open his Creole concept in White Star Market later this year.
Grilling Shilling: New Orleans barbecue
La Cocinita: Latin American cuisine from New Orleans
Louisiana Lemonade: Fresh-squeezed drinks from Baton Rouge
Maxwell's Concessions: Festival fare from Slidell
Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts: The doughnut truck from Baton Rouge will serve sliders, fries and (can you guess what I'll write next?) doughnuts (congrats, you guessed it).
Old School Eats: Old-school Louisiana meets international flavor from this New Orleans husband-and-wife team.
Ono's Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine: Traditional Hawaiian flavors fresh outta Shreveport
Paul's Rib Shack: Lake Charles barbecue
Petite Rouge Cafe Camionette: Coffee and beverages from New Orleans
Rice N Gravy: Southern comfort from Port Allen
Rouge A Roux's: Cajun cuisine from Denham Springs
Chef Ryan André and The Cajun Spoon: Cajun/Asian fusion from the chef and Baton Rouge food business
The Sloppy Taco: Eclectic tacos from Lake Charles
The Velvet Pig: Thai, French and Cajun fusion from Lake Charles
Louisiana Street Food Festival
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Levee stage and green space near the USS Kidd on River Road in downtown Baton Rouge
COST: Free to attend.