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From shrimp boulettes to Beaujolais nouveau

DAVID LYON A festivalgoer makes a pot of stewed pork in Larose, La.
A festivalgoer makes a pot of stewed pork in Larose, La. (David Lyon)
By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Globe Correspondents / September 11, 2011

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OCT. 28-30


French Food Festival: Don’t expect croque monsieurs and tarte tatins at this 38th celebration of French food done Louisiana style. More than 30 food vendors set up under a big tent and serve up everything from alligator sauce piquant over rice to gumbo from a fifth-generation family recipe to fried shrimp boulettes. Experienced festivalgoers like to start the day with deep-fried rolls stuffed with crab, crawfish, and shrimp. For the indecisive, a seafood sampler hits all the highlights. This rollicking event also features a carnival midway, a Cajun marketplace, and live entertainment that ranges from rock to zydeco to swamp pop. Larose Regional Park, 307 East 5th St., free, food $5-$7. 985-693-7355,

OCT. 20-22


Harvest on the Harbor: Many of Maine’s fish shacks have closed for the season, but it’s not too late to get a taste of the sea. This stylish event gets off to a rousing start with the “Ultimate Seafood Splash,’’ a pairing of local fishermen and chefs who concoct dishes using lesser known fish species. Maine’s favorite crustacean stars in the “Lobster Chef of the Year Competition,’’ while farmers get their due in the equally spirited contest for “Best Farm to Table Chef.’’ Cooking demonstrations and a marketplace of local food and drink round out the activities. 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, All Access Pass $285, individual events $45-$75. 207-772-4994, For ages 21 and over.

OCT. 28-29

ST. MICHAEL, Barbados

Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival: This second rum and beer fest will be held on the grounds of the prime minister’s residence. The admission fee covers six samplings of rum or beer and a full schedule of activities and presentations including sessions on mixing cocktails with rum and pairing beer with food. Festivalgoers can put the latter advice into practice with such Bajan specialties as black belly lamb stew, pork chops glazed in rum, macaroni pie, fishcakes, and, to top it all off, rum cake with ice cream. Ilaro Court Outdoor Facility, $25 per day.

NOV. 10-13

WHISTLER, British Columbia

Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival: The folks at Whistler start to get restless waiting for ski season to get underway, so they distract themselves with wine and food with an international flavor. Events range from a tasting of Spanish or South African wines to a multi-course Italian lunch or a classic French dinner. Canada holds it own, however, with a seminar on Canadian wines, a tasting of Canadian cheeses, and a dinner of local seafood and Alberta beef. Whistler Conference Centre (4010 Whistler Way) and other locations, events $25-$175.


NOV. 18


Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival: The French-American Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this event for more than 25 years, gradually expanding it from a celebration of the perky but not necessarily smooth-drinking Beaujolais nouveau to a broader appreciation of French wines. This year’s festivities will feature wines from the Beaujolais, Provence, Bordeaux, and Rhone regions of France, along with a few US wines. About two dozen area restaurants present tastings that might range from specialty cheeses to venison to Latin desserts. Even barbecue pairs well with wine. Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 South Lamar, $60 in advance, $65 at the door. 972-241-0111,


Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; check online. Patricia Harris and David Lyon can be reached at Read their food and travel blog at