King Cake Festival 2019: More than 20 vendors dish out Carnival treats on Jan. 27

The 2019 King Cake Festival will bring a parade of delicious king cakes to Champions Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Organizers say more than 20 bakeries, great music and a new raffle are set to make the family-friendly festival bigger than ever in 2019.

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This year’s musical entertainment features four great headline acts, among others. Dwayne Dopsie, Marshland, One South Lark and Phil Melancon will perform as fest-goers sample unique, interesting and delicious king cakes from bakeries across the region.

The Carnival-themed festival will feature unique and traditional king cakes battling to get their king cake crowned the best at the festival.

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 favorite as “People’s Choice.”

Entrance to the festival is free and open to the public. Tasting tickets are sold at the festival for $20 for 10 tickets.

Here’s current bakery lineup for the 2019 King Cake Festival via the festival’s website:

  • Associated Grocer’s, Inc.
  • Balestra’s
  • Langenstein’s
  • Bywater Bakery
  • NOLA Brand
  • The Cocoa Bean Bakery & Café
  • Just Delights
  • Kettle Works
  • Krystal’s Kreations
  • Sugar Love Cakes
  • Caluda’s King Cakes
  • Winn Dixie
  • Pain Frais – Hyatt Regency New Orleans
  • Cannata’s King Cakes
  • Quintin’s Natural Ice Cream
  • Rouses Markets
  • The Cupcake Collection – NOLA
  • Chef Brandon Bordelon & Buttermilk Drop Bakery & Cafe
  • Nonna Mia Café & Pizzeria
  • Cartozzo’s Bakery
  • Matherne’s Market
  • Rickey Meche’s Donut King
  • Totally Baked by Chrissy
  • Crazy Waffle Bar

Other activities include a Gladiator Rep Run and Fun Run, a kids’ zone and a new staycation vacation raffle for gift certificates to local hotels. Ochsner’s Blood Mobile will be in Champions Square for those wishing to help Ochsner patients in this tangible way. Anyone donating blood will receive a free t-shirt.

Ochsner will also offer a VIP King Cake Festival experience. VIP passes are available for purchase online and include a reserved area in the square with complimentary beverages to watch the performances and volunteers grab to king cake samples. Kid’s passes include admission to the Kids Zone, plus VIP room access. Tickets are $75 for adults and $20 for children.

Funds raised from the festival benefit Ochsner Hospital for Children.

Advance tickets for the King Cake Festival are available now at the festival’s website.