Take a bite out of King Cake Fest this weekend.
Get ready for a parade of king cakes at the King Cake Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Champions Square.
More than 20 vendors with king cakes ranging from traditional to unique compete for top honors from local celebrity tasting judges and the public.
Ochsner special events director Kathleen McCulla says there are a couple of family-friendly upgrades to this year’s festival. The kids game zone area will be moved to the Opening Act, which is adjacent to Champions Square.
“I think that will be great for the families because it’s right near everything in the middle,” McCulla says.
Also this year, local schools will perform on stage in addition to the featured music acts. Festival-goers can catch live performances from Remedy, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars and Flow Tribe.
The festival kicks off with family-friendly fitness challenges, where costumes are encouraged. Participants can join the Gladiator 4.5k Rep Run or the Family Fun Run/Walk around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Registration for both events starts at 8 a.m. Several prizes are up for grabs including the grand prize — a year of free smoothies from Smoothie King for overall champions.
McCulla says 13 local celebrity judges have the tough job of deciding which king cakes get crowned in several different categories including “Most Likely to Replace a Meal” and “Best Decorated.” Actor Bryan Batt and musician Tom Drummond with local band Better Than Ezra are some of this year’s judges.
Attendees can also vote for their favorite king cake with the “People’s Choice” category, which organizers announce at the end of the festival.
Admission to the festival is free; however, festival-goers who want to taste king cakes will have to purchase tasting tickets. Tasting tickets are $10 for 10 tickets.