KTVE NBC10 and KARD FOX14 present the annual Louisiana Food and Music Fest on Saturday, March 16 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Origin Bank RiverMarket in downtown Monroe.

Downtown RiverMarket & Development Director Myra Gatling-Akers said of the event, “We are excited to host the Louisiana Food & Music Festival again this year. It is an opportunity to enjoy great food, shopping, and music.”

The Louisiana Food and Music Festival will feature a large variety of different foods such as gumbo, jambalaya, street tacos, and crawfish bread.Some of the Louisiana product and food vendors include: Raising Canes, Swamp Pop, Swamp Seeds, Vaucresson Sausage, Thibs Salsa, Flava Savor, Tater Skins, Delta Roux and Ques, Big Boys, Chef Saul, Etouffee, Charles Cassey, Jennings Apiaries, Crystal Hot Sauce, Tabasco, Swamp Dragon Hot Sauce, and Monster Seasoning.

The festival is free to attend but tickets are available to purchase for the Craft Beverage Walk. Tickets are $20 per person and ticketholders must be over 21. Tickets for this event can be purchased at www.lafoodmusicfest.com/tickets/

The live musical entertainment available on Saturday ranges from country to blues to brass, so there’s something for everyone. On the Clock Tower stage, Bethany Raybourn will perform at 10 a.m. followed by Danny Shelton Duo at noon and Robert “Guitarslim” Finley at 2 p.m. The Josh Love Trio will perform at 11 a.m. on the Matt’s Music Mobile stage followed by Bad Monkey Brass Band at 1 p.m. and The Joanitones headlining at 3 p.m.

This is an event for the whole family, so bring your children to enjoy the Kidz Zone, which features jumpers, Children’s Museum activities, face painters, and Danny Barton the Magician.

Louisiana Food and Music Festival is packed with activities, including live performances, good food, Kidz Zone, Heritage Tent, Crawfish Race, and Craft Beverage Walk. Artisans and vendors will be on-site selling their wares.

Parking can be found at the north end of the RiverMarket and locations near the RiverMarket. A public parking lot can be found across from Bry Park, and along the street behind the Courthouse. There is also parking at the Sheriff’s Office and in the Police Annex Parking lot.

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