All hail king cake! What to eat at the 2018 King Cake Festival

A parade of king cakes takes over Champions Square this Sunday.

The 2018 King Cake Festival will bring a parade of delicious king cakes to Champions Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

More than two dozen bakeries from across the region will battle to get their king cake crowned the best at the festival. The Carnival-themed festival will feature unique and traditional king cakes. Other features include a Gladiator Rep Run and Fun Run,  a Kids’ Zone and live music.

Festival organizers updated their website with the full list of participating bakeries. On our quest to find some creative king cakes this Carnival, we learned a little about some of the bakeries bringing out their best cakes.

Bywater Bakery

Photo courtesy: Bywater Bakery

Bywater Bakery produces eight different types of king cake including the Chantilly King Cake which is filled with Chantilly cream and fresh berries. Another popular choice is the Bouille King Cake which is a traditional king cake stuffed with Cajun Bouille cream.

Clauda’s King Cakes

Photo courtesy: Caluda’s

Caluda’s in Harahan is delivering five flavors of the week this Mardi Gras season. Week one features the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough King Cake, followed by White Chocolate Bread Pudding Raspberry, then Maple Bacon Praline, Bananas Foster and last but not least, Oreo Cream Cheese.

Haydel’s Bakery

During Carnival, Haydel’s Bakery can crank out as many as 60,000 king cakes and has grown to become of the masters of king cake magic. We went behind the scenes at Haydel’s Bakery to see exactly how the bakery cranks these bad boys out each season. It’s no easy task.


A panel of judges will award winners in the categories of “Best Presentation,” “Best Traditional,” “Most Unique” and more, while festival-goers will crown their crowd favorites.

A new feature of the 2018 festival will allow festival-goers to join the “I got the Baby Club”, which includes two VIP passes, two Kids’ Zone passes, 20 tasting tickets and a mention on the King Cake Festival website as a member of the club.

Ochsner will also offer a VIP King Cake Festival experience. VIP passes are available for purchase online and include open bar and food, king cake judging samples, front row stage area and access to special restrooms.  Kid’s passes include admission to the Kids Zone, plus VIP room access.

Entrance to the festival is free and open to the public. Tasting tickets are sold at the festival for $10 for 10 tickets.

Here’s the full list of participating bakeries featured on the festival’s website:

Funds raised benefit Ochsner Hospital for Children.

More information, including a full list of participating bakeries and performers, will be announced soon. Tickets for the King Cake Festival are available now at the festival’s website.

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