Foodie’s Weekend Guide to Lake Charles, Louisiana

BEST EXPERIENCES

  • Velvet Pig Cooking Classes
    If you’re interested in the Cajun French flavors special to Southwest Louisiana, you’ve got to attend a Velvet Pig Cooking Class. The Velvet Pig’s recipes highlight the region’s most popular recipes like jambalaya and étouffée as well as classic French dishes that inspired Cajun cuisine. Most ingredients are sourced from local farmers markets, plus it’s a ton of fun!
  • Farmers Markets

Cash & Carry Farmers Market
Southwest Louisiana is the only part of the state that has year-around farmers markets. Lucky for us, we have five! The markets vary from location, dates and times; but you can always count on fresh, locally grown/made products. The Cash and Carry Farmers Market is one to beat with tons of vendors, live music and samples!

The Louisiana rum tradition is brought to life by the Louisiana Spirits Distillery. See first-hand how the company’s popular Bayou Rum is produced during free tours offered Tuesday-Saturday throughout the day.

Sloppys Zydeco Brunch
Live Zydeco bands plus brunch? Does life get any better? You’ve got to order the shrimp and grits with goat cheese, Steen’s syrup gastrique, and signature pie-yow sauce. The open-faced oyster po’boy also comes highly recommended. Add a Bloody Mary or Mimosa and you’re set.

Lake Charles has endless things to eat, see and do. Visit for a weekend and explore some of the best foodie spots featured here or stay for a week and explore all that the area has to offer.

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