34th Annual Festival of the Bonfires

December 8 - 10, 2023│ Lutcher Park │ 2545 Louisiana Ave. │ Lutcher, LA


 We would like to thank you for your continued support of the Festival of the Bonfires and for keeping our St. James tradition burning bright. Bon Appetit!


One of the highlights of the festival each year is the gumbo cook-off competition. Chefs prepare steaming hot pots of red bean, chicken andouille, or seafood gumbo and compete for the title of Gumbo Champion.

Potato salad and bread pudding competition events will be held on Friday night in conjunction with the Gumbo Cook-Off.

Our Creed

Rules and regulations are designed to be fair and equal to all competitors. Integrity of the cook, assistants, participants, spectators and the organizers is essential to a fair and impartial contest.