Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival to be Held at Louisiana State Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 11

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Sponsorships and VIP packages are now available for this new, family-friendly festival with live music, food vendors, cooking demos, and more in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A photo of Shreveport-style stuffed shrimp

"Shreveport-style" stuffed shrimp are sold at Eddie's Restaurant in Shreveport, LA, as well as a number of other black-owned restaurants in Northwest Louisiana. Photo by Chris Jay.

The festival will include live music, cooking demonstrations, historical presentations, and more.

The Eddie E. Hughes Foundation and Budweiser will present the Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, May 11. The festival will include live music, cooking demonstrations, historical presentations, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, and a kid-friendly play area with bounce houses and more. Admission to the festival is free, but VIP packages and sponsorships are available. Complete festival information, including details of sponsorship packages, can be found at

The Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival will feature celebrity host Darrin Henson, an award-winning actor and choreographer best known for his work with such popular artists as Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and Spice Girls. Musical guests scheduled to perform include DJ Love, Windstorm, Tipsey, Blaze Band featuring Mark Scroggins, Gabriel “Saxman” Johnson, WildjBrown, Cheryl Boggs, Big Fella Zil, The LaRoux’s, Muzikology the Band, Mademoiselle, Cuzn Jed and Poppa Locc, Poppa Hussein, Shreveport Second Line Brass Band, and Bailee Gabriel. In addition to live music, the festival will include a golf tournament at 9 a.m., a domino tournament at 12 p.m., and a cornhole tournament at 2 p.m.

The purpose of establishing the Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival is to foster understanding and appreciation of the unique style of stuffed shrimp that were created and popularized in Shreveport. While celebrating the rich history of stuffed shrimp in Shreveport, the festival will offer the very best in family fun and entertainment in a casual and wholesome setting.

The Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Festival is presented by the Eddie E. Hughes Foundation. Sponsors include Budweiser, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, KTBS 3 News, Eagle Distributing, the State Fair of Louisiana, Wal-Mart, Super 1 Foods, and more. A complete list of sponsors can be viewed at

For more information on the Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival, contact Mavice Hughes at or 318-510-6759. To receive regular updates from festival organizers, like the Stuffed Shrimp Festival page on Facebook.

For more information on Shreveport-Bossier, including area hotel and restaurant listings, visit or call 800-551-8682 to request a free copy of the 2018 Official Visitors’ Guide to Shreveport-Bossier.

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