Congratulations to the 2016 Best Crab Dish winner, Hi-Licious Street Kitchen, for their delicious Crab Rangoon!

Congratulations to the 2016 Best Crab Dish winner, Hi-Licious Street Kitchen, for their delicious Crab Rangoon!

Arts & Crabs Fest LogoArts & Crabs Fest 2016
Saturday August 20, 5-8pm
Burton Coliseum

The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA and the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Lake Charles) will present Arts & Crabs Fest 2016 on Saturday August 20, from 5pm to 8pm at the Burton Coliseum. This will mark the festival’s 7th year as a multi-sensory experience of Southwest Louisiana cuisine, music, and art with a tasting of local crab dishes and Louisiana craft brews at its center.

Named a Top 20 Event four years in a row by the Southeast Tourism Society, Arts & Crabs Fest is a dynamic celebration of everything local.

The Arts Council of SWLA is proud to announce the lineup of local culinary talents scheduled for Arts & Crabs Fest 2016. Participating chefs will include but are not limited to:

1. 121 Artisan Bistro – Cucumber Tomatillo Gazpacho
2. Blue Dog Cafe of Lake Charles – Corn & Crab Bisque
3. Coyote Blues – Lake Charles, Louisiana – Corn, Crab & Poblano Soup
4. Hi-Licious Street Kitchen – Crab Rangoon
5. Leonards Food Quarters – Crab Seafood Dressing
6. Luna Bar & Grill – Galactic Crab Dip
7. Mama Reta’s Kitchen – Louisiana Crab Cakes with Mama Reta’s Remoulade Sauce
8. On•Go•Mex LLC – Crab Tacos with tropical salsa
9. The Sloppy Taco – Spicy Cucumber Crab Nachos
10. Spiceman’s Kitchen Table – Sweet Potato & Kale Seafood Bisque
11. The Velvet Pig – Crab Mornay Egg Rolls
12. Weiniedog’s Hot Dog Stand – Crab Poutine

Each chef prepares a unique crab dish representative of their cuisine’s styles, and a diverse selection of Louisiana craft brews from Bayou Teche Brewing will act as complementary offerings to all dishes. Crying Eagle Brewing will also be on hand with samples of their new Lake Area-brewed beers. A culinary battle will take place with the public voting for their favorite chef through cash tips.

Arts & Crabs Fest also showcases live regional roots music from the Swamp Pop Revue, John Guidroz music, and Elms District, as well as an interactive art market featuring the creative talents of many Lake Area artisans like Morgan Allain (The Inkling Girl), Heather Arsement Photography, Rebecca Broussard (Thesouthernpallet), Cajun Moon Jewelry & Gifts, Daneisha Davis (Pixel & Ink Creative), Lerin Freyou, Natalie LeBleu, Sue McMillin (Nana’s Storage), Richarda Mesh, Josan Miller (JM Jewelry Designs), Michelle Morgan (Glassical Creations), Michael Naquin Woodworks, K Petty Prints, Kelli Sargent (Snake and Monkey Studios), Jeannie T Creations, TAB Typewriter Key Jewelry, Rhonda Thompson, and Sue Zimmermann, Artist.

Tickets are going fast, so buy now at or in the Arts Council offices at Central School Arts & Humanities Center, located at 809 Kirby Street, Suite 202. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older.

Funds raised at Arts & Crabs Fest are reinvested back into the SWLA community through the Arts Council’s year-round services and events. For details, visit or call (337) 439-2787.

Arts & Crabs Fest is sponsored by the Arts Council of SWLA, Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Union Pacific Railroad, Burton Complex, Deep South Productions, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, Southwest Beverage Company, Inc., Automotive Alignment and Brake Service Inc., First Federal Bank of Louisiana, IBERIABANK,Louisiana Lottery Corporation, ASI Office Systems, Coca-Cola, Healthy Image Marketing Agency, J&J Exterminating, Knight Media, Inc.,KnowLouisiana / Louisiana Cultural Vistas, KPLC 7 News, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Parker Brand Creative.

Check out our commercial spot, courtesy of Parker Brand Creative!

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