October 8, 2015
Today you will find me on the golf course, playing in the annual Louisiana Restaurant Association tournament at the beautiful Beau Chene golf course in Mandeville. Yesterday I went to the driving range for the first time in at least a year; it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it was going to be, so perhaps I won't embarass myself too badly.
This evening, Chef John Besh will be selling and autographing his new cookbook BESH BIG EASY: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes at Billy Reid New Orleans. If I get back from the golf course in time to get cleaned up I intend to stop in; the cook book is good, and will make a great holiday gift (I can't believe it's already time to start thinking of that!!)
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See our list of what's happening around Louisiana below and find something to do this weekend. Whatever you decide, enjoy the recipes this week, share them with family and friends, and, as always,let me know what's on your mind.
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Usually, we list activities for the coming two weekends, so that readers have time to make travel plans if something tempts them. There is so much going on, though, there isn't room to list everything for this weekend, let alone for next! The weather is going to be beautiful; if you don't see something below that interests you, click here for a more comprehensive list.
Oct 7, 2015 to Oct 17, 2015
Opelousas: Grand Réveil - Women Crafting Our Culture
Oct 8, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015
Melville: Atchafalaya Catfish Festival
Zwolle: Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
Oct 9, 2015 to Oct 11, 2015
Abbeville: Louisiana Cattle Festival
Bridge City: Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Gentilly: Gentilly Fest
Gretna: Oktoberfest in Gretna
Houma: Voice of the Wetlands
Lafayette: Festivals Acadiens et Creoles
Lake Charles: Lake Charles Film & Music Festival
Reserve: St. Peter's Fishermen's Festival
Thibodaux: Louisiana Gumbo Festival
Washington: Antique Fair and Yard Sale
Oct 9, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015
Melville: Melville Catfish Festival
Oct 10, 2015 to Oct 11, 2015
Gonzales: Awesome Art on the Bayou
Lafayette: Louisiana Craft Fair
Madisonville: Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
Melrose: St Augustine Church Fair
New Iberia: World Championship Gumbo Cook-off
Slidell: Sell-A-Bration Arts & Crafts Show
Oct 10, 2015
Oct 14, 2015 to Oct 22, 2015
New Orleans: New Orleans Film Festival
Oct 15, 2015
Alexandria: United Way Wild Game Cookoff
Oct 15, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
Crowley: International Rice Festival
Oct 16, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015
Boyce: Cenla Fat Tire Festival
Gretna: St. Cletus Oyster Festival
Laplace: St John Parish Andouille Festival
New Orleans: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
New Roads: Harvest Festival On False River
Plaquemine: International Acadian Festival
Oct 16, 2015 to Oct 17, 2015
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